Angelo’s Coney Island and a Giveaway!

by Michelle on February 18, 2010

A few weeks ago I attempted to make Angelo’s Coney Island Hot Dogs and although the recipe was good, it was not even close to the original recipe. And being I lived in Flint, Michigan for many years I know Angelo’s almost too well.

Marty

A few days after I posted my failed attempt at duplicating Angelo’s Famous Coney Dogs, I received a very nice note telling me that the Coney Island recipe I had used was not correct and the person that sent the email is none other then former DePaul Basketball Star Marty Embry!

But what does Marty Embry have in common with Angelo’s Coney Island Hot Dogs?

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Marty Embry, chef, father, artist, business owner, Coney Dog Aficionado and author of the popular cookbook series “From the Court to the Kitchen” has developed his own secret Spice Mix for an authentic Coney Island Sauce.


Marty graciously sent me two jars of his Coney Sauce Spice Mix. Wasn’t that sweet!

Well, I made the Coney Sauce and we loved it! The Coney Sauce is easy enough to make, just brown ground beef or turkey add onions and Marty’s Secret Mix and then simmer for 30 minutes. Simple! Of course Mr. Tastebuds had to experiment a bit and sprinkled some the Coney Spice Mix on his baked chicken!

Since I know you want to try an authentic Coney Island Hot Dog and I just happen to have an extra jar of Coney Sauce Spice Mix, I am offering one Jar to one lucky person!

***Update***
Marty just dontated ONE more jar of his Coney Sauce Spice Mix so there will be 2 winners! Thank you Marty!

Look at these gorgeous Coney Dogs! Don’t you want to just take a big bite!

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You know the drill, if you’d like to try Marty’s secret Coney Spice Mix, leave a comment on this post. The winners will be announced, Thursday, February 25th.

If you are interested in ordering the Coney Sauce Spice please visit From the Court to the Kitchen Spices and Apparel. And if you’re interested in any of Marty’s cookbooks, poetry or artwork you can find a listing at Marty Embry’s Storefront.

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  • Fresh Local and Best February 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    How wonderful that Marty Embry contacted you about your post! I’d love to have a jar of the Coney Sauce Spice mix so I can replicate the hot dogs too!

  • Allie and Pattie February 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    How nice is that! Please enter us-we’d love to try some!
    xoxo Pattie

  • ~Jewel February 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    i DEFINITELY want to try this!!

  • Bonnie February 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    i have no idea what a Coney Island Dog is but I would love to be educated and get to taste one!!!!!!

  • Maria February 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    How fun!

  • Joanne February 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    First of all – how cool that Marty Embry was reading your blog! I really hope that there is some celebrity out there reading my blog. That would be mind-blowing!

    That sauce sounds excellent and I’d love to have a jar. What an excellent giveaway (and the winner will be announced on my birthday…maybe that will bring me some luck).

  • Marty Embry February 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Michelle,
    you are hilarious and it was definitely my pleasure to send you my spice. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the Coney Spice. I’m with Mr. Tastebuds; I’ll try my sauce on anything at least once!

    Tell you what I am gonna do! I will send a second winner a bottle of my spice. You pick the winner and I’ll ship it directly to that winner just for entering into your give away on your site!

    My web site is http://www.watchdudesite.com/chefmarty. Your readers can take a peek at the spices and apparel at their leisure.

    I appreciate you and your blog. Thank you again for taking a chance on my spice. You’re doing a wonderful job and this is a great site for us foodies!

    All the best,

    Marty Embry

  • Brian the old man February 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Gotta love them Coney Island Dogs! Would love to win this on my birthday. When I was young my mother would take me to Coney Island and I can still remember the joy we spent together there. Have a great weekend!

  • Joanna February 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Too funny! Having lived in Ann Arbor the last few yrs I know all about Coney dogs! I still like RI dogs best 😛 My husband would be horrified if I brought home Coney mix!

  • Toby February 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    What a nice story. I would love to try the Coney Sauce Spice mix.. I love hot dogs.

  • biz319 February 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I am all over that coney dog – sans the onions! 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway Michelle!

    Oh, have you ever deep fried a really good hot dog? It brings the dog to a whole new level!!

    http://biz319.wordpress.com/2009/09/13/mama-rinis-3/

    Also, how many carbs does your husband eat in a day – my doctor just told me I am eating too much, even though my blood sugar is good – I only get between 110 and 150 now – it may help me lose weight too.

  • Altobarb February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I have to say that I live near Coney Island and the hot dogs are generally served with mustard and sauerkraut, sometimes with an onion mixture, but NEVER as you have them pictured here. Spice mixture. Pshaw! Not in Coney Island!! :-)

  • high low February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Love hot dogs with anything and everything on it! Great story too!

  • Michelle February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Altobarb,

    This is a Flint Coney Island Hot Dog is totally different then any other place on earth. And they are delicious!

    Angelo’s Coney Island is very famous, in fact a Landmark Restaurant in MI.

    Michelle

  • Lynda February 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Oh, Michelle! I would love to win a jar! Yum!

  • Kat February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    How cool for you! What a pleasant experience. I will check out chefmarty’s site. What kind of dogs do you buy?

  • Michelle February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Kat,

    I buy Best Kosher Hot Dogs. And they are the best too!

    Michelle

  • Sook February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Oh wow, I haven’t had a hotdog in a while and man, those hotdogs look soooo goood!!! Yum!

  • Haden News February 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I would love to try this spice! Thanks for the chance :)

  • Ashley February 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    My husband loves coney dogs, but we’ve never tried them at home. This would be the perfect treat for him!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail.com

  • Pam February 19, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Having never been to Coney Island, I can only assume they are wonderful! So, please enter me, so I can experience a bit of this wonderfulness!!

  • Kim February 19, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I’d definitely love to try this spice mix.

  • tasteofbeirut February 19, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Hi that man sounds like a sweetheart!
    Gee I would love to try his special seasoning! I never eat hot dogs but I would use it on other things!

  • mrs. c February 19, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Yum, Yum,Yum….makes my mouth water! I love your food photos….thnaks for sharing!

  • Mags February 19, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I think we all get in our heads that favorite coney dog we remember from wherever it was we ate it and can never reproduce it at home.

    I’d love to try with some of that spice mix though!

  • megan February 19, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Sign me up, I would love to try this! :)

  • Megan February 19, 2010 at 4:37 am

    How cool that you were contacted by Marty himself? That is just amazing!

    The last picture makes me want to bite through my screen, but I don’t think it will work.

  • Marty Embry February 19, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Hey Michelle,
    this is a little note to Altobarb; I am very familiar with the Coneys of Coney Island (saurkraut), Southern Coneys (cole slaw) and so forth. I can promise you that the coneys that you speak of have a recipe of spices to make the sauce. Our recipes are similar and actually prepared almost identical. I have many friends that are owners of different types of coney restaurants. I can promise you that you will not be disappointed in flavor or texture if you prepare the sauce using my spice. Most Coney style hotdogs have a base of rough ground. However, your coney island coneys use ground beef. With my spice, water (as in a coney island restaurant) and onion, the taste will definitely be there. A lot of time has been put into developing the spice and it truly is a spice that you will be happy to use. The toppings that your coneys have would be the only difference and you can add any topping that you prefer to a coney dog. Here in Flint the prefernce is onion and mustard. Folks turn their nose up with anything else. I don’t and will eat them all! lol I was after the flavor and I definitely achieved it. I hope that this helps a bit. I do hope that you win the bottle. I love to convert folks! :)

  • Julie Harward February 19, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it..have added you to my blog list and will follow yours (you don’t need anymore, thats for sure but oh well) I like the way you cook and explain it all…come say hi 😀

  • kanmuri February 19, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Woah! That looks tasty!! I’ve never had Coney dogs but would love to try making them with Marty Embry’s secret mix!!

  • Ju (The Little Teochew) February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Whoa, Michelle!!! Hi-5!!! You have Marty Embry reading your blog! Way to go! Those hot dogs look amazing …

  • The Muse February 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Just awesome! I retweeted…

    wow…how the world continues to surprise us is just delightful!

  • Marda February 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Wow…that was so nice of him! I’d love to have a try too!

  • Marda February 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Wow…that was very nice! I’d love to give this a try. Thank you!

  • Erica February 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Wow!! I would love to try that!

  • Kayte February 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I just read Marty’s little comment…you are famous for all this blogging stuff. How fun…and those hot dogs really do look wonderful, it just makes me long for summer all the more. Maybe one of these would cheer me up…that and not looking at all the snow out the windows! Oh, how I long for the summer days and that porch of yours!

  • Sharon February 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Those look so good! Would love to try some.

  • teresa February 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    we’d love this! hotdogs are a favorite in our house! thanks for the chance!

  • Julie February 20, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I’d LOVE to try some of that seasoning! Your dogs look great. We’re having hot dogs tonight but they won’t be nearly that yummy! Oh yeah, I’m having a giveaway too if you’d like to check it out :)

  • Cheryl B. February 20, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Pick me, Pick me, come on Michelle, you know you want to …. o;-p I mean, we are fellow Michiganders and all …. ;-b

    We did a ‘hot dog bar’ for one of our sons graduation open houses. I had come across a feature in a magazine that listed a lot of different type of speciality dogs and what were contained there in. So we sat up a ‘hot dog bar’ and had all of the various toppings available – from chili sauce, to sauerkraut, to baked beans and crushed potato chips and sand (which is an “Ao-Wa-Kiya dog” – the youth camp we are involved with – where the campers canoe either to or from the big lake (and ride the bus the other way) every Wed. and we serve dinner on the beach, [thus the sand ;-p])to any and every other topping the article included.

    That particular open house was five years ago now and yet every year at oepn houses time people bring it up and want us to do it again.

    “Love it when a plan comes together!!”

  • Lori E February 20, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Of course I am interested but are you interested in sending it to Canada? I understand if you aren’t as it can get pricey.
    I don’t eat hot dogs but will use it on something else. Sounds yummy

  • Michelle February 20, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Lori,

    I have no problem mailing to Canada!

    Michelle

  • Debra February 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Oh, those hot dogs look yummy. Would love to be a convert.

  • My Carolina Kitchen February 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Yep, I do want to take a bite. What gorgeous hot dogs. I’ve never had a Coney island hot dog, but these spices sound fantastic. That’s cool that Marty was reading your blog.
    Sam

  • Danielle February 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    How cool is that!!! I’m gonna have to tell Sir Sportsalot being that basketball is his #1 sport LOL. So much so that he even got my oldest daughter (who is only 5’2) a job coaching basketball for a local high school…girls freshman team.
    Anyways….I’d love to give this a try. I’ve never had a Coney Island anything and I’m kinda feeling left out LOL. This spice would probably be as close as I’d ever get to the real thing :)

  • Jane E. February 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I am so glad I found this site. I am in WA state, about as far away from Coney Island dogs as you can get, so I would really like to try that sauce.

  • racheldjohnson February 22, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Would love to win- if not maybe a road trip!! Thanks for the chance.

  • Anonymous February 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    The secret to making the sauce authentic is that it has ground up hot dog meat in it.

  • Mimi February 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Of course I want to win and make Coney Island hotdogs either that or I could come over to your house and eat one.
    Mimi

  • Doreen February 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I want to win this … I want to have a Coney Island hot dog !!

  • Melissa Clifford February 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Oh pick me! I’m not too far from Flint, Michigan and would love to try it!

  • Nancy February 23, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Those dogs look great! I started at the molasses cookies and am working my way back to catch up.

    Of course, I had to stop here!

  • Annette M. February 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Sounds good! I’ve never been to Coney Island, but I love hotdogs and would love to give these a try.

  • Marty Embry March 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Hey Michelle,
    this is a note to Anonymous.

    Dear Anonymous,
    the myth about the hotdog being chopped into the coney sauce is simply a myth and a fill-in meat. Sorry. :( Some folks used ground hotdogs when they did not have pork available or to stretch the sauce. The pork was in a mixture called rough ground. If no rough ground was available, the cook would then take ground beef, ground pork and ground hot dogs and make that into the meat mixture.

    That’s it…a myth or rather a substitute meat. It was never mainstream and the secret was simple; the cooks did not want to tell what meat they used! Hilarious huh? lol

    I promise you; My coney spice is absolutely authentic Flint Style coney spices. It will produce authentic coney sauce…sans chopped hotdogs!

    Thanks Michelle again. You’re awesome and I hope that this helps Anonymous out a bit!

    Marty

  • Anonymous March 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my mouth is watering…I miss those Angelo’s coney islands! I am having a party for my new neighbors in south Texas, and they do not know the heavenly delight of a coney island. So I am making my sauce. Where can I buy this seasoning – (fast!).
    thanks,
    Connie

  • Michelle March 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Connie,

    You can order the Coney Spice Mix at http://www.watchdudesite.com/chefmarty/id2.html

    Michelle

  • Deb November 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Coney Dogs are a wonderful childhood memory. We would travel from Iowa to Scranton, PA to visit grandparents. One of my favorite eats was a coney dog from Pete’s (I think) in downtown Scranton. I live in CO now and their idea of a coney is a chili dog. That’s just not it. I am visiting my daughter and her family in MI and I KNOW I can find a coney dog here somewhere. My mouth waters at the thought of it. And I am praying that I can find the seasoning here also. If not, I have Mike’s website. YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!

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