GRILLED CHEESE, PLEASE! is a series that explores dinnertime by looking at an eclectic group of families. A home-cooked meal? Great! Take-out? No problem! Pull up a chair and join us as we discuss everything from favorite food memories to never-fail dinner options.
Meet Erin, Chris and Halsey. Erin runs the super successful BabyCakes empire, which includes vegan and gluten-free bakeries in New York, Los Angeles and Orlando, two cookbooks (a third arrives in 2014) and an awesome app. Chris, former editorial director of Vice Media, is a journalist and the force behind BabyCakes’ incredibly fun videos. Halsey, Erin and Chris’s first child is a smiley 11 month old who enjoys simple pleasures like playing with paper bags. They welcomed us into their West Village apartment to talk about their new family rituals.
1. What’s for dinner?
It’s Takeout Thursday! Tonight is food from RedFarm including vegetable fried rice, spring rolls, Chinese broccoli and grilled vegetable salad. Also, some extra oatmeal for Halsey (one of her go-to foods).
2. Anything that makes the meal particularly kid-friendly?
It turns out the empty brown paper bag is a very fun toy that makes excellent sound effects.
3. What’s the usual dinner routine for these guys?
Mondays are usually reserved for groceries and making something yum in the slow cooker which gets enjoyed for dinner and repurposed into something else on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Thursdays are for takeout and Fridays are always reserved for pizza from Two Boots! The weekend varies.
4. How often do you eat together as a family?
Halsey, being just 11 months old, eats on the early side, so while she’s always accompanied by at least one parent, we usually eat together later on.
5. What’s Halsey’s favorite food?
She can always find room for carbs.
6. Ever go out for dinner?
Not really, but we often go out for lunch. Halsey loves a bread basket and loves being around people!
7. Did you grow up eating dinner with your families?
ERIN: Being one of twelve children (yep!), I not only ate dinner with my family every night promptly at 6pm, I was often the one cooking it. My mom would arrange ingredients in the morning and would give me instructions over the phone after school on how to prepare the meal. My favorite meal growing up was ‘breakfast-for-dinner’ night, which usually happened when it was raining out and included scrambled eggs, French toast and never enough hot chocolate. My other favorite childhood meal was when our family would decamp to the beach and grill shish kabobs for dinner.
CHRIS: I often ate with my brother and sister. My favorite childhood dinner was bacon sandwiches with plenty of mayonnaise.