Sweethearts In Winter

Photo: Courtesy of Delicious Dishings

Jessica Alpert

Wow, today super cold.  I’m headed to NYC for the weekend and I can only hope the Gods look down on Manhattan and smile with lots of sun.  Probably unlikely but dreaming of this divine sweetheart cake keeps my heart warm.

Whether you’re pro- or anti- Valentine, you never need an official day to make a delicious cherry cake.  Megan of Delicious Dishings (a great blog-destination for special dinners and desserts) shares her special recipe and giveaway with us.


Photo: Courtesy of Delicious Dishings

Valentine’s Day is such a love/hate thing… and I happen to love it! I think that’s actually because of my mom. I can’t remember a Valentine’s Day when I lived at home when my mom didn’t make us heart-shaped french toast and give us little gifts. Even after I moved out, she would still send Valentine’s Day care packages — only now I have to make my own heart-shaped french toast (or even heart-shaped waffles), as that wouldn’t ship very well. She started such a great tradition and gave me so many great memories of Valentine’s Day that it hasn’t mattered over the years whether I’ve been single, celebrating with friends or family, or sharing the day with a special someone.


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Associate Producer, Here & Now Most recently, Jessica worked as an associate producer at WBUR's daily local program, Radio Boston. Jessica moved to Boston in 2008 and has lived many places since leaving her native Texas. After graduating from college, Jessica worked as a federal employee, documentary film festival producer, oral historian, university teaching assistant, traveling saleswoman and klezmer musician. Her work and projects have appeared in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Bust, Barnard Magazine, National Public Radio, Public Radio International (PRI), and the BBC. Jessica's freelance radio work has received various awards including accolades from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador, Jessica collected and studied oral histories from the Jewish Community based in San Salvador. Jessica received her B.A. in political science from Columbia University’s Barnard College and her M.A. in history from Indiana University. She learned how to make radio from the phenomenal folks at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Jessica lives in Somerville with her husband, twin son and daughter, and two cats. To learn more about Jessica’s projects, both current and past, please visit www.jessicaalpert.com.