With thousands of Utahns likely to spend the upcoming holidays in Iraq, Afghanistan and other posts abroad, many families are already thinking about making and sending these most-appreciated gifts.
And some foods are better travelers than others.
In general, baked goods should be moist and firm, but not brittle, says author and baking guru Sarah Phillips, on her Web site http://www.baking911.com.
"If you're not sure how well a food will ship, test it," Phillips writes. "Place the food in a container and shake it a few times. If it holds its shape, it should mail well."
For those not interested in culinary science experiments, Phillips offers the following guidelines on the best things to mail..." (FYI: How to Mail Baked Goods)