As a child, I remember watching my mother sift through black-eyed peas at the kitchen table. She had a large, white plastic strainer on her lap to catch the ones that passed muster and were slid off the table.
The vision has always held me back from creating a dried bean soup. Like the beginning of all craft learning, it seems liked a very difficult process. And, yet, the image of my mother sifting through beans also inspires me to want to make a dish that utilized the dried ingredient.