For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. DAY 12: FOR THE EARLY BIRD: Bodum Columbia French Press. This thick, insulated pot was as simple to use as a traditional glass press, but it kept coffee hotter much longer. It’s also sturdier, with a round, comfortable handle. It took top honors in our tastings. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1fcddfv. READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/1csdcRq

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. 

DAY 12: FOR THE EARLY BIRD: Bodum Columbia French Press. This thick, insulated pot was as simple to use as a traditional glass press, but it kept coffee hotter much longer. It’s also sturdier, with a round, comfortable handle. It took top honors in our tastings. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1fcddfv

READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/1csdcRq

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CURLS
Although chocolate curls add a professional touch to cakes, pies, and mugs of hot cocoa, they are surprisingly easy to make.
You’ll need block (not bar) chocolate—semisweet, bittersweet, and white chocolate all work well—that’s at least 1 inch thick.
Way #1: With the edge of your paring knife angled away from you and your thumbs anchoring the chocolate to the board, drag the blade across the chocolate and toward you to create a curl.
Way #2: Allow the block of chocolate to soften up a bit, either by putting it on a plate on a warm windowsill or by microwaving the chocolate on the lowest power setting for 1 minute. It shouldn’t melt, but it should soften a little. Run the blade of a vegetable peeler along the width of the softened chocolate, creating a curl. The longer the block of chocolate the bigger the curl. (Large blocks of chocolate make nicer shavings than thin bars of chocolate.)

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CURLS

Although chocolate curls add a professional touch to cakes, pies, and mugs of hot cocoa, they are surprisingly easy to make.

You’ll need block (not bar) chocolate—semisweet, bittersweet, and white chocolate all work well—that’s at least 1 inch thick.

Way #1: With the edge of your paring knife angled away from you and your thumbs anchoring the chocolate to the board, drag the blade across the chocolate and toward you to create a curl.

Way #2: Allow the block of chocolate to soften up a bit, either by putting it on a plate on a warm windowsill or by microwaving the chocolate on the lowest power setting for 1 minute. It shouldn’t melt, but it should soften a little. Run the blade of a vegetable peeler along the width of the softened chocolate, creating a curl. The longer the block of chocolate the bigger the curl. (Large blocks of chocolate make nicer shavings than thin bars of chocolate.)

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets.Day 10: FOR THE PARTY HOST: Waring Pro Professional Cordless Wine Opener. This opener has a broader base that lets the device rest firmly on the bottle, and its sturdy, quieter corkscrew minimized wobbling. This opener is great for opening multiple bottles for a party. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1cp3hfm. READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/1aW2PnD

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets.

Day 10: FOR THE PARTY HOST: Waring Pro Professional Cordless Wine Opener. This opener has a broader base that lets the device rest firmly on the bottle, and its sturdy, quieter corkscrew minimized wobbling. This opener is great for opening multiple bottles for a party. GET YOURS: http://amzn.to/1cp3hfm

READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/1aW2PnD

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. Day 2—FOR THE BUBBLY PERSONALITY: Penguin Starter Kit by Sodastream. Our winning machine’s bubbles were clean and crisp, and the device was simple to use, producing about 100 liters from a single large charger. GET YOURS: http://bit.ly/1aVq3jEREAD OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/1cWQK4n

For the gift-giver, or the wishlist maker—25 Days of #TestKitchenApproved Holiday Gadgets. 

Day 2—FOR THE BUBBLY PERSONALITY: Penguin Starter Kit by Sodastream. Our winning machine’s bubbles were clean and crisp, and the device was simple to use, producing about 100 liters from a single large charger. GET YOURS: http://bit.ly/1aVq3jE

READ OUR REVIEW: http://bit.ly/1cWQK4n