serves 8

2 lbs. Dried black eyed peas
COLGIN NATURAL HICKORY LIQUID SMOKE to taste (remember, you can add it in, but you can`t take it out, so go easy at first)
1 green or red pepper, finely chopped
½ or more cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3 and ½ cups vegetable stock
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
2 dried hot peppers, crumbled
2 tablespoons oil
About 6 or 7 cups of water

Rinse and drain well the peas. Saut vegetables in the oil in a heavy kettle or pot. Add the peas, stock, dried pepper, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Add a teaspoon of liquid smoke. Cover and simmer about an hour. Add the water and return to a boil. Simmer another hour, adding more liquid smoke if you prefer. Stir occasionally. Check the beans at this point, but ideally, you want this dish to cook at least 2 and ½ hours or longer.