Have to pit a bunch of cherries, but don't own a cherry pitter? CHOW.com's Roxanne Webber shows you how to use a common household item to do the trick. For more info on alternate ways to pit a cherry, see these Chowhound discussions.
Jennifer Colliau, bartender at San Francisco's Heaven's Dog and owner of Small Hand Foods, loves using mint in her drinks, but she warns home bartenders against using wooden muddlers with this delicate herb. Use a spoon instead, lest you end up with a drink that tastes like toothpaste. This tip will come in handy when you're making your next Mojito.