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Short version: Effective July 16, 2016 in the US, the official serving size of a cup of coffee is 12 ounces. Long version: For purposes of nutritional labeling, the US Food and Drug Administration has set "Reference amounts customarily consumed (RACC) per eating occasion" for common foods. The official reference amount for a sweetened cup of coffee ...
I don't have mascarpone to check, but the Internet says that there are on average 225 grams per cup. Mascarpone being mainly a mix of water (density 1 g/cm^3) and fat (density 0.9 g/cm^3), this sounds about right. I don't think it is possible to give a reliable conversion for ricotta. First, many countries don't have normal ricotta, so people use all kinds ...
Most American recipes use volume instead of weight for measurement, which means there's often not an exact measurement in weight for the recipe. Your best bet would be to find out what kind of cheese it is calling for, find the density of that cheese, and then go from there. Also whether the cheese is shredded, still in a block of some sort, or if it's a wet ...
If it says "tomatoes", I would think that your first guess is correct. I have not seen or heard "tomatoes" being sold in cans smaller than 14 oz, at least in US. The only tomato products in smaller cans are tomato sauce/paste.
I just made a batch of cookies (Walnut size) using a melon baller. Recipe called for 48 cookies and that is exactly what I got. The baller was not heaping, pretty much just filled to the top. Makes nice round cookies.
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