Cheeses should be served at room temperature, approximately 70 degrees.
Spray the cheese grater with cooking spray before starting, to prevent cheese from sticking to the grater.
Cut the sugar in your tea, by choosing jasmine, Formosa or Oolong varieties, which have a natural sweetness.
Reduce calories by adding club soda to any juice. It also makes them go further.
Store seeds and nuts in the freezer, which can be used directly. Shelled keep best and longest, and unshelled nuts crack more easily when frozen.
Flavor your tea with old fashioned lemon drops or hard mint candy. They melt quickly and keep the tea brisk.
Check how many ounces are in your glassware. Most diets call for certain numbers of ounces. Ensure the correct serving amount with the right size glass.
Before adding to any beverage recipes, always chill your juices or sodas.
For electric drip coffee makers, use 1-2 tablespoons ground coffee for each cup of water, and always use cold water.
Float an ice ring made from punch in your punch bowl. It inhibits melting and diluting, plus is more decorative.
Boiling coffee brings out the acid and causes a bitter taste. Store ground coffee in the fridge or freezer to keep it fresh.
For a cool and refreshing taste, place fresh or dried mint leaves in the bottom of your hot chocolate.
For fresh orange juice or lemonade, one lemon yields about ¼ cup juice and one orange yield about 1/3 cup juice.