A meticulous recipe follower learns to let go of perfection.

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Name: Tia Osborne

Age: 28

Occupation: Writer

Location: New York City

No. of days in quarantine: 61

Quarantine happy hour drink of choice: Chardonnay

Ideal quarantine partner: my partner of 3 years

Most ambitious cooking project yet: Pork & Chive Dumplings

I hate to admit it, but I’m a rule-follower. My cooking demonstrates this fact. I have a variety of recipes I follow from my mother, my grandmother, NYT Cooking, and YouTube that I meticulously follow, much to the chagrin of my partner, who is an expert kitchen improviser.

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My Italian recipes never use any other cheeses other than the cheese named in the recipe, except for the occasional swap for pecorino-romano when I can’t find good parmesan. You will never find cheddar anywhere near my huevos rancheros or lasagne, and I hesitate when I can’t find the appropriate noodle in my local grocery store. …


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I remember when I first read Audre Lorde’s seminal essay, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House as a sophomore in college. I felt like I was hearing something so familiar, yet revolutionary. In it, Audre Lorde criticizes the white organizers of the conference where she’s speaking for their inability to see the intersections of racial, sexual and gender hierarchies in their activism and in their own practices. She admonished white feminism’s hypocrisy in trying to disrupt patriarchy, while perpetuating practices of marginalizing the voices of women of color specifically/especially as she herself was being tokenized at that moment. …


In Manhattan, I hopped on a train from Bowling Green to Union Square, transferring to the L train to Williamsburg on an errand. After making my transfer, I sat down and looked up. The entire train was covered in ads for Fiverr.com, “a marketplace for freelance services”.

Usually with an up close black & white portrait of a determined, 24–35 year-old artist type, the ads come with a bold statement in matching bold type and color, something like: “Do First, Ask Forgiveness Later” or “Actually, It Hasn’t All Been Done Before.” My personal favorite is: “You Eat A Coffee For Lunch. You Follow Through On Your Follow Through. Sleep Deprivation Is Your Drug Of Choice. You Might Be A Doer.” …

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Tia Osborne

New York City-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Visit www.tiaosborne.com

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