Laurie Caspell has been a dedicated member of the Tillamook packaging team since 1989 – 23 years! Laurie, who grew up with a wonderful cook for a mother, said she never liked to cook! She would have rather spent all her time outside, playing and being a tomboy. It wasn’t until she had a family and had to learn to cook that she actually started enjoying it. Nowadays Laurie cooks mostly from recipe ideas she creates in her head (she’s not much for using recipes, because she can’t ever seem to find the one she wants)! Laurie says the packaging department is full of adventurous cooks who share ideas and recipes back and forth. Laurie has a great big garden every year and really likes cooking with the fresh ingredients that she grows herself.
Both at work and home, Laurie is a volunteer first responder. Laurie says that helping others in times of need is her greatest passion and she prides herself on being able to comfort and aid others. Someday Laurie hopes to go on a volunteer mission for a disaster relief mission.
The Grilled Strawberry ‘Cheese-Cake’ Sandwich is a sweet take on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich that is unexpectedly delicious.
Spread butter on 3 slices of bread and place them butter side down on a flat skillet.
Place 2 slices of cheese on each piece of bread. Top each sandwich with a buttered slice of bread and grill 4 to 5 minutes, or until you see the cheese has melted and the bread is golden brown.
Set grilled cheese sandwich on a plate.
Mix cream cheese with the honey and vanilla. Powdered sugar can be used in place of the honey, if desired.
Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of strawberry jam over the grilled sandwich.
Gently spread 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mix on top of the jam.
Place the strawberries in a flower design as shown in the picture, and place 1/2 of a grape in the center of the strawberry flower. Enjoy!