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Black Eyed Peas, Monkey Bread, any other southern New Years treats

Hi,

I am planning a New Years' bash for my friends and neighbors. This is my first winter in Petaluma.

I'm cool with making gumbo and black eyed peas and rice. But I am looking for a recipe for monkey bread and some other Soul Food/Southern or Gullah treats.

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  1. Monkey Bread
    (recipe may be doubled depending on the bundt pan):
    Flour, for pan
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    30 buttermilk canned refrigerator biscuits
    1 stick butter, plus more for pan
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 cup walnuts

    Butter and flour a bundt pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine sugar and cinnamon. Cut refrigerator biscuits in half and toss in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Melt the 1 stick of butter in a saucepan and add brown sugar and bring to a boil; then add nuts. Line the bundt pan with biscuits and pour butter mixture over them.
    Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from the pan when it's still hot to avoid sticking.

    1. I usually serve some andouille sausage and cornbread for my New Year's feasts, and lots of collard greens with garlic (love the Trader Joe's bag of greens). I'm not sure what to have for dessert -- does the monkey bread serve as dessert? My family usually served a plain monkey bread,, no sugar or nuts, as a bread with dinner.

      1. Collards have never been my favorites--I'm a turnip and mustard greens kind of a woman. Slide some vinegar and hot sauce my way and I am a happy camper.

        Cornbread is my Waterloo- mine is so sweet my mom calls it "corncake." Never quite had the right combo for the down home kind-- have resorted to Trader Joe's in later years. One of my dear friends makes hers with creamed corn (she is Arkansas raised)- cornbread to die for.

        For dessert-- got to have some sweet potato pie. I would love to make real pound cake but I am supposedly watching my weight (lately just going up).

        1. Pineapple upside down cake, cooked in a cast iron skillet.

          1. Yup, Hoppin' John and collards would be what graces our New Year's table every year. That would be dinner. Breakfast would be bagels, cream cheese, lox, and whitefish. We've got this kind of North/South thing going on.