Historic LaGrange estate hosts Mother’s Day picnic: Since it was finished back in 1916, the massive LaGrange estate known as Hills & Dales has seen many Mother’s Day celebrations. And for the 12th year in a row, the property is welcoming mothers and children for a special event aimed at creating memories and giving families a chance to spend some quality time together.
Hills & Dales Estate is hosting its 12th annual Picnic in the Garden this Saturday, May 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the property’s Pecan Grove. Admission to the garden is free for anyone who brings a picnic basket and blanket, and visitors will get to enjoy activities including face-painting, yard games, live music, and an old-fashioned cake walk.
In case you’ve never visited before, Hills & Dales is a gorgeous and meticulously-maintained 35-acre property in LaGrange, and was originally the home of Fuller E. Callaway, Sr. and his family. The 13,000-square foot home was finished back in 1916, designed by famed architects Neel Reid and Hal Hentz – and the estate is currently preserved by the fourth generation of Mr. Callaway’s family. Tours of the home are available, as are tours of the renowned grounds, known worldwide as one of the best-preserved 19th Century gardens in the United States. The gardens, by the way, pre-date the house, and were designed by Sarah Ferrell starting in 1841.
Regular hours at Hills & Dales Estate are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission to the house and garden costs $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $8 for students (ages seven through college), and free for children six and under. Garden-only admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for students, and is free for kids six and under. The estate is located at 1916 Hills and Dales Drive in LaGrange.
The Good Day feature team was hunting for some good Mother’s Day celebration ideas – and when we heard about the picnic at Hills & Dales, we had to schedule a morning to check out the property and tour the house. Click the video player above to see more!
Hawkers Asian Street Fare on Good Day Atlanta: With our busy lives and need for quick meals, it's no wonder that the speed of wok cooking has made it so popular. A new restaurant opening soon Hawkers Asian Street Fare, has mastered this cooking technique. Founder Chef Allen Lo and Executive Chef Travis Collum stop by to help us with a wok cooking at home. For more information on today's Singaporean Chili Crab recipe see below. For more on Hawkers Asian Street Fare click here.
Singaporean Chili Crab
• Your favorite Singaporean Chili sauce from any local Asian market. For this recipe, a sauce that includes the following ingredients works best:
o Thai chili
o Ground bean sauce
o Soy sauce
o Cayenne powder
o Red onion
• Whole jumbo soft-shell crab
• Corn starch
• Bao bun
• Frying oil
• 1 large egg
1. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and ice-cold water until all contents are blended well.
2. Halve the crabs directly down the middle, being very careful not to apply pressure on the body of the crab. Cut with a sawing or slicing motion and not a pressing orpushing motion.
3. Dip crabs into batter, then into dry corn starch to coat then shake off excess. Drop into the deep fryer for 2 ½ minutes.
4. Once complete, drain well and place on your serving plate.
5. Heat wok until a wisp of white smoke appears. Coat wok with a ladle of oil and lift wok up and pour majority out, leaving approx. 1oz of vegetable oil in the wok.
6. Add 4oz of Singapore Chili sauce and largely-diced tomatoes into wok and cook for approximately 10 seconds.
7. Bring to a boil and add ½ tsp cornstarch to thicken sauce. Turn off wok.
8. Ribbon in your whisked large egg and allow to slow cook for 5 seconds. Turn heat back on and stir, then turn heat off and remove wok from heat immediately.
9. Pour sauce over the top of crabs on plate, and garnish with fresh cilantro and a fried bao bun.
"MasterChef Junior" on FOX: The top 10 become the final eight tonight on "MasterChef Junior," and they're doing it with help of some girl power. Season 5 winner and Atlanta's own Jasmine Stewart will be on the episode. She stops by Good Day Atlanta with a yummy dish and preview. For more information on tonight's episode click here.