Clueless in the kitchen? She wants to help

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There’s a new cooking show in town.

DUMBO resident Jyl Ferris is taking the Internet by storm with her how-to show for singles, “Cooking for Bachelors,” which just began its second season at

A new episode is posted each week following Ferris as she sautés her way into your heartburn.

“I got the idea from dating guys and going to their apartments and asking, ‘What do you eat?’ You’re healthy and you go to the gym, the refrigerator had only beer,” Ferris said.

This season, Ferris is giving Brooklyn a prominent role, sharing the spotlight with a Brooklyn-based musician during each episode. Local artists, including Hilary Hawke, Will Scott and Steve Himmelstein, also tell stories about their favorite foods or childhood memories.

“I stepped it up a notch,” Ferris said.

Since “Cooking with Bachelors” viewers are likely to be kitchen novices, Ferris keeps her recipes simple. The host is proof that anyone can cook — a fancy culinary school degree is unnecessary.

“I don’t have formal training,” said the former graphic designer. “My mother was a great cook and very creative. She would pull things out of a hat. As a result, if I look in my fridge and I have three things, I can make a meal.”

In keeping with that easy-does-it vibe, a recent episode offered guidance on making dishes — simple things like meatloaf, grilled chicken breasts, chicken salad and paninis — for an entire week.

Ferris’s dishes often feature ingredients from Brooklyn vendors. In particular, she’s a big fan of the Brooklyn Flea, which boasts a plethora of borough-based food vendors such as Early Bird Foods & Co. and Crop to Cup coffee.

Ferris’s show has also featured guests from the Brooklyn Brew Shop, which sells beer-making kits to home-brewers.

“I’m very inspired by the fact that there are so many food manufacturing businesses popping up in Brooklyn,” Ferris said. “It’s very ‘Mom and Pop.’ I’m impressed by all the people who are interested in creating products.”

Watch “Cooking for Bachelors” and view recipes at New content is posted regularly.

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Bachelor from Dumbo says:
Thank you so much Jyl. We men are incapable of cooking, good thing a woman can show us how. You ladies are so good at all of those home things.
But why should we even bother learning how to cook? You should just marry one of us, then we'd never have to cook for ourselves. Are you a bachelorette?
Jan. 5, 2010, 4:40 am
Jyl Ferris from DUMBO says:
Thank you...and yes, I am a bachelorette.
Jan. 15, 2010, 6:04 pm

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