Close Week @ Work – A Baking Tradition

by NICHOLAS AMMATURO on August 11th, 2010

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If you’re in the Finance industry or Accounting then you will appreciate this. Every month we have to close  out all our financials, a process which takes a week, every month. It’s very labor intensive and we spend lots of late nights ticking and tying all the numbers. People stress out and go nuts myself included. I am not sure how the tradition started, but when I first started working, my mom would bake goodies for my team during close week. It was a nice break from the day and something to look forward to during this time of stress.

She makes things effortlessly and loves feeding people; the food just tastes better when you love cooking. When I moved out, I had to figure out how to continue this tradition. We would even go as far as meeting half way and she would pass off the goods to me. However, our schedules got busier and the bake goods started diminishing.

I just recently started to venture into baking and I have been trying to fill the void that I feel during “close” week. There are still some occasions where she will surprise me and drop cakes or cookies off, but those have been rare (Mom, if you’re reading this, take the hint and start baking more haha jk). I have been resourceful and have been starting to bake every other month and sometimes every month.

So to my Mom, Thank You and to everyone else, the next few recipes will be dedicated to “close” week

  • Torta di Ricotta
  • Apple Crostata
  • Strawberries & Cream Cake

Enjoy.

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