Brightland's own Hannah Milligan is kicking off our November Bright Rx Series: Appetizers. Hannah is the Operations & Supply Chain Lead for Brightland. Hailing from Arkansas by way of a few farms and mountain ranges in between the two, Hannah has lived in Los Angeles for the last 6 years. As a home body by nature, Hannah's favorite things are spending nights in hosting dinners for her friends, drinking coffee in the morning with her partner, and continuing her quest to watch all of the AFI top 100 films. Keep reading for our interview with Hannah and her must-make pumpkin crostini.
Interview with HannahWhat does living in a golden state meant to you?
Taking the keys out of the mental ignition that runs on fears and doubts and handing them over to love that runs on truth, gratitude and goofiness. I don't always live in a golden state, but everyday I try to have at least a moment in the light.How do you unplug and disconnect?
What I've soaked up from just about every piece of spiritual guidance I've ever received is that the key to detach is to focus on the sensory experience of whatever is around you. Cooking dinner has become my nightly practice. I engage with the sensations of cutting a carrot vs an herb, watching the emulsification of dressing, smelling the onion sauté, or hearing the crackle of the water content hitting the oil when you add the greens. It's body and soul nourishment.What was your favorite thing that your mom/dad/grandparent cooked for you when you were little?
My dad is a chef by trade, so I have been extremely blessed to have always had food as the primary love language in my home. My favorite was the BLTs he made for me and my siblings on Saturdays, usually served on a paper plate with a couple of tangerines and chips. My mom would blast Sly & the Family Stone, and we would enjoy our Saturday afternoon together before my dad went to the restaurant for dinner service.What is your favorite way to use olive oil?
It's so hard to choose! Using ALIVE for an aioli, rubbing AWAKE between and on top of the skin of a chicken before roasting, and of course drizzling either on top of sweet cream ice cream.What is your favorite item in your house? What touches make your house your home?
Whatever breathes soulfulness into your house makes it a home. That can be the physical breath of your family, pets or plants, or material objects like family portraits, mementos from the pursuit of your passions, the stereo system that plays music you dance to, or the food in your pantry that you cook for your friends. My favorite thing seems to change all the time, right now it's my puppy's toy basket.