As everyone from the right part of the world knows -- the American South, y'all -- eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is not only a tradition, it is good luck for the coming year. You can also prepare collards or other greens if you like, but the beeps are what is important. (Black-eyed peas, b-p's, beeps. Are you following, here? Good.)
You just need to put a pound of beeps in a soup pot and cover them with water. (Check later to make sure they stay covered, as they will absorb the water.) You'll cook them tomorrow:
I hope you all enjoy your New Year's Eve. Don't get in too much trouble, unless you feel you must.