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Big Black Dog: Angelo's Coney Island and a Giveaway!

February 18, 2010

Angelo's Coney Island and a Giveaway!


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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56 Comments:

Blogger Fresh Local and Best said...

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!

February 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger ~Jewel said...

i DEFINITELY want to try this!!

February 18, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

How fun!

February 18, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

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).

February 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Marty Embry said...

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 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

February 18, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Brian the old man said...

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!

February 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Toby said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
OpenID biz319 said...

I am all over that coney dog - sans the onions! :D

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.

February 18, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Altobarb said...

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!! :-)

February 18, 2010 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger high low said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Lynda said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Kat,

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

Michelle

February 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Sook said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Haden News said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

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!!

February 18, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I'd definitely love to try this spice mix.

February 18, 2010 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous tasteofbeirut said...

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!

February 18, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Mags said...

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!

February 18, 2010 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous megan said...

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

February 18, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

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.

February 18, 2010 at 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Marty Embry said...

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! :)

February 18, 2010 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

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 :D

February 19, 2010 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger kanmuri said...

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

February 19, 2010 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

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

February 19, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger The Muse said...

Just awesome! I retweeted...

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

February 19, 2010 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Marda said...

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

February 19, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Marda said...

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

February 19, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Wow!! I would love to try that!

February 19, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

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!

February 19, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Those look so good! Would love to try some.

February 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

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

February 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

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 :)

February 19, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl B. said...

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!!"

February 19, 2010 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Lori E said...

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

February 19, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Lori,

I have no problem mailing to Canada!

Michelle

February 19, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

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

February 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger My Carolina Kitchen said...

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

February 20, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

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 :)

February 21, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Jane E. said...

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.

February 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM  
OpenID racheldjohnson said...

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

February 21, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

February 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

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

February 22, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Doreen said...

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

February 22, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Melissa Clifford said...

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

February 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

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!

February 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Annette M. said...

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

February 24, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Marty Embry said...

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

March 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

March 8, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Connie,

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

Michelle

March 12, 2010 at 12:49 AM  

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