*To cook dried black-eyed peas: I used the quick-soak method. Place beans in a pot and cover beans generously with water. Bring to a boil, cover and turn off heat. Soak for one hour. Drain the beans and return them to the pot with fresh water. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer until tender. Depending on your beans, this could take as little as 10 minutes or as long as 45. Don't let them get too mushy. You want them tender but whole.
**I really like Trader Joe's sun dried tomatoes that come in 3 ounce bags. They contain no oil, but unfortunately they contain sulfur dioxide. It's always something, isn't it?