Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Irish Soda Bread

Here’s a recipe for my aunt Joan’s Irish Soda Bread. I’ll be making it for breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day, minus the caraways seeds and with craisins instead of raisins.


3 cups flour
2 TBSP. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup dried currents or raisins
1 tsp. caraway seed
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in currants or raisins and caraway seeds. Add buttermilk and stir until moistened. Turn into greased 8-inch round pan. Bake at 350 degrees until browned, about 35-40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.

The kids are working on this year’s Leprechaun Trap. We started with Family Fun’s version a few years ago, but new twists are added every year. I overheard talk of using a rainbow this time to lure the leprechaun. I hope they catch him because he causes a lot of trouble. He’s dyed the milk green, left green footprints* all over the place, overturned chairs, and left rude notes.

* The footprints were suspiciously similar in size to a Ken doll’s shoes.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    What are craisins?
    Thanks for this recipe – I’ll give it a try instead of my usual.
    Happy St Patrick’s Day!

  2. Shannon says:

    Craisins are dried cranberries. I’m trying to use up what I have left from Christmas. What are sorrel leaves? (I saw your recipe for St. Patrick’s Day soup.)

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