Over at Say Uncle we learn of a guy in Tennessee selling Cajun-style boiled peanuts. Really? Seriously?
There are no Cajun-style boiled peanuts. They don't exist. I've been around cajun cooking my whole life, have probably 30 or 40 authentic cajun recipes committed to memory because I learned them at the knee of my mother and grandmother. No boiled peanuts at all. Cracklins for sure, boudin absolutely, but boiled peanuts? Not hardly.
Boiled peanuts is Georgia. There may be cajun in Georgia, but they're immigrants. When the English pushed us from Acadia, we settled all over the east coast and Gulf coast. We don't boil peanuts. We do lots of stuff with peppers, and onions, garlic, all those spices that make your eyes water, but we don't boil peanuts. Not even with crawfish. We boil everything with crawfish. But not peanuts.