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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