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What’s Cooking at YPL for St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17th and Yonkers Public Library wants to celebrate with you! We decided to sweeten the day with Lucky Charms Milkshakes and a game of Kahoot. This virtual program will be held via Zoom on St. Patrick’s Day at 3 PM. The recipe is listed below, so you can follow along from home. A game of Kahoot will follow, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for tee shirts and more. You can use a pen and paper to write your answers, or download the Kahoot app on your phone. We hope you join us!

We have also added recipes for the traditional Irish-American meal of soda bread and corned beef with cabbage. Don’t miss our reading selections below, as well as a brief explanation of Saint Patrick’s importance in Ireland’s history.


Lucky Charms Milkshakes







1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Lucky Charms cereal
3 cups vanilla ice cream
green food coloring
whipped cream
*You can use mint chocolate chip ice cream and eliminate the green food coloring.

Put vanilla ice cream, milk, and food coloring into a blender. Blend into smooth, thick texture. Pour it in a glass and top it with whipped cream and Lucky Charms cereal. Enjoy!

Aunt Bea’s Irish Soda Bread






Dry Ingredients:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of raisins

Wet Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
4 tbsp. melted butter

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix all dry ingredients together. Using a 2-cup pitcher, beat the two eggs, add the buttermilk to the 2-cup level, and stir. Pour into the dry mixture with the melted butter, and mix thoroughly. (This will be sticky.) Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute until less sticky. Shape into a flat disk and cut a “+” across the top. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap in a clean, dry tea towel and let cool. Serve with butter.

Corned Beef and Cabbage






3 lbs. corned beef brisket with spice packet
1 head cabbage, cut into wedges
5 carrots, cut into 3-inch pieces (optional)

Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.  Carrots should go in halfway through, and add the cabbage during the last 30 minutes.  

Suggested Reading:

St. Patrick’s Legacy

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was actually born in Britain around the year 385. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to Ireland as a slave. It was during his six years of captivity that he found Christianity. He eventually escaped and returned to Britain, where he continued his religious pursuits.  

After fifteen years of study, Patrick was ordained a priest. His mission brought him back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. He approached this objective by incorporating Christian beliefs into their nature-based pagan traditions. The monastic orders that he created expanded literacy and education throughout the country.

The Irish have had a rich tradition of storytelling, and spinning tales of legends and myths. To this point, many details of St. Patrick’s life have been exaggerated or fabricated. For example, snakes never existed in Ireland; therefore St. Patrick never banished them. Nevertheless, St. Patrick’s impact on Ireland’s history and culture is indisputable.