They caught up over next-level BLTs and peach pie on Facebook Live.
Martha and Jennifer Garner

Martha welcomed a very special guest in the studio yesterday: actress Jennifer Garner. Together, they cooked up the perfect summer lunch, answered questions from fans on Facebook, and compared notes on everything from raising their own chickens (they both have French Marans in their flocks) to their favorite desserts (both appreciate a well-made chocolate chip cookie, especially with a little flaky salt on top and as the base of an ice-cream sandwich!). Luckily, Jennifer is no stranger to multitasking: in addition to her many filming projects-she recently finished shooting Camping, a comedy series for HBO, and has an action movie called Peppermint coming out in September-she's also the cofounder and chief brand officer of Once Upon a Farm, an organic baby food company.

peach pot pie recipe
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First up on the menu was a peach potpie (which our test kitchen declared the dessert of summer 2018!). Martha had Jennifer cut the puff pastry while she prepared the filling. Martha's tips: cognac or Sauternes instead of bourbon would also be delicious with the peaches, any leftover puff pastry can be used to make tiny peach pies, and clingstone peaches, which are available earlier in the season than the freestone variety, are harder to cut (this made Jennifer feel better about not being able to slice them perfectly).

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lobster club platter
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Martha then walked Jennifer through breaking down lobster for the bacon-lobster-tomato sandwiches (from our July/August cover!). As Martha meticulously extracted the lobster meat from the shell, Jennifer said, "The first time I met you, you said if you weren't doing what you're doing, you could've been a surgeon." Martha replied, "If I could act, I would be doing that, not this!"

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