Boiled Peanut Man
boiled peanuts are seldom found up North.
Now, each weekend, Laporte makes his own Cajun style boiled peanuts: he steeps raw legumes in his own blend of eleven spices overnight, then brings them outside to boil in a turkey fryer over a propane flame in his yard at 4517 Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. He eagerly demonstrates for novices how to crack the shell just right with one's incisors and to suck out the juices before eating the peanut itself.
Laporte estimates that fifty to sixty cars stop by when he is in his yard on Saturdays and Sundays, and his regulars will sometimes order a big batch for parties. Hand-painted, rustic looking signs point the way to Laporte's driveway, where a pint of boiled peanuts sells for $3, or two for $5. Ask for a sample.
[Originally published in June, 2010.]