Drew Barrymore: ‘I’m Not a Lifestyle Expert’

07/13/2015 at 04:17 PM ET

Drew Barrymore
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Drew Barrymore is a mom-of-two, an A-list actress, producer, beauty brand owner, and, most recently, a wine entrepreneur. But one skill that she’s yet to add to her resume? Cooking.

“I’m just not perfect in the kitchen,” Barrymore, 40, tells PEOPLE. “But I’m getting there slowly.”

So what does Barrymore make for her growing family with “different tastes?” “Salmon and veggies are regular at my house,” she says, adding that daughters Olive, 2 1/2, and Frankie, 14 months, are big fans of the fish.

And the actress — who is “very organized about the kids’ food” — always makes sure her two little ones “eat really well.”

“They get protein, starch and veggies, and I always balance it out,” she says.  Another staple the former longtime vegetarian likes to whip up in the kitchen? “I can grill a mean steak now,” she shares.

The star’s culinary skills are also on full-display during Sunday dinners with friends. “My girlfriends and I cook a lot on Sunday nights together and it’s a group effort. So I’m really good in a potluck situation and I’m really good at one-pot meals.”

But, Barrymore is the first to admit: “I’m not a lifestyle expert.”

“I’m still trying to get a dinner party together for the summer and trust me I won’t be cooking for it,” she explains, and the same goes for date nights—”I eat take-out with my husband, [Will Kopelman].”

Although she’s still coordinating her upcoming summer soiree, now that she has created her own wine—Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio—she has already found the perfect recipe to pair with it: an apple, brie and arugula grilled cheese.

“I like the idea that this was really kid-friendly if you did it with just brie and apple,” she explains about creating the recipe. As for a wine substitute for the little ones? Barrymore suggests apple juice.

For Barrymore’s apple and brie grilled cheese recipe, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

—Mariah Haas

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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