Our Social Media Expert, Alexandria Dempsey on Pizza, Positivity and Leftovers

Alexandria Dempsey provided social media advisory and content for The Cooking Project for almost two years and now we bid her adieu as she heads overseas to Italy to further her education in the business of food.

We will miss you Alex!


Q: What’s your earliest cooking memory?
A: My earliest cooking memory is rolling out pie dough with my grandmother for Thanksgiving when I was about 5 years old. There was always pumpkin and apple pie (with a crumble top), and my love for pie has been rock solid ever since!

Q: What have you learned about yourself through cooking?
A: I’ve learned that you can always make it work – whether making pesto from wilting greens or trying to save a business meeting, there is always a way out if you have a positive attitude and a willingness to experiment!

Q: Who’s your cooking idol?
A: Alton Brown changed food for a lot of people. He opened up minds to the science behind food, and his recipes are always reliable (and delicious). Understanding the science of food empowers the home cook to try much more than they may have otherwise!

Q: What’s your number one food tip for home chefs?
A: Use your leftovers! There are so many ways to use up every little bit of food in your fridge, and people are often a bit too eager in tossing ingredients. Tired veggies can become a pureed soup, leftover rice from delivery can be the base for a salad or stir-fry, and I”m a big fan of making pretty much anything into a frittata!

Q: What’s your favorite meal to cook at home?
A: I love making homemade pizza. It’s shockingly easy and always impressive at a dinner party. My go-to weeknight meal is a big bowl of grains and greens – super simple and oh-so-satisfying with a runny egg or slice of avocado.

Q: Why should delicious food be available to everyone?
A: Food is an integral part our our daily lives, and everyone deserves wholesome, tasty food to make those 3 meals as valuable as possible. Breaking bread with others is such a special, important experience, and doing so with delicious food elevates these every-day occurrences into something truly special.

Q: What is your favorite TCP memory?
A: My favorite TCP memory is the Off the Grid demo we did with Anthony Strong – it was so much fun to have everyone there to spread the word on The Cooking Project!

Q: What will you miss most about TCP?
A: I’ll miss our bi-weekly meetings – the group is so passionate about creating access to delicious food, and it was a pleasure getting to know everyone!

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