Jennifer Garner got to see one of her longtime dreams come true recently when Ina Garten–the Barefoot Contessa herself–came to her L.A. home to prepare a meal for her show.
Garner–whose name has been in headlines this month due to her split from husband Ben Affleck–made Parmesan kale chips, grilled swordfish, and Ina’s famous chocolate crisp with the renowned chef and talked a bit about her favorite meals to make with her kids, including chocolate chip pancakes and meatballs, which come from one of Ina’s recipes.
Jennifer filmed the episode back in April, prior to her split from Ben, who reportedly had a tryst with the couple’s nanny. Christine Ouzounian allegedly told friends about their relationship, saying she was invested and had actually discussed spending time with Ben for his birthday this year, but he has denied the cheating allegations. A photo taken last month that was leaked online, however, shows the two of them outside Affleck’s home at night, and many are speculating that there was more to it than Affleck claimed.
“For Christine, it was a real relationship. They had even talked about plans for celebrating his upcoming birthday,” a source told People.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck had a family outing over the weekend, according to Us Weekly, and both were wearing their wedding bands, but a source says it’s simply because they want to do what they can for their children to keep a sense of normalcy. The family went to the movies and then on a shopping date.
“They feel like they have to be mature adults for their children’s sake and that they will figure out the healthiest way to co-parent. They want the kids’ lives to stay the same and to not have to change just because they aren’t going to be married anymore,” the source said.