This July 20, 2015 photo shows the farro and cheddar fritters in Concord, N.H. Farro is great in soups, salads and as a substitute for short-grained rice in risotto-like dishes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Semi-pearled farro — the variety you are most likely to find at most mainstream grocers — does not need to be soaked and can be cooked using the same two boiling methods, but with cooking time reduced to 20 to 25 minutes, Speck says. In all cases, let the fully cooked grain stand in the covered pot for 10 minutes before serving to absorb any remaining moisture.

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This July 20, 2015 photo shows teff and almond tea cakes in Concord, N.H. Teff is a tiny grain, and one that has been cultivated for centuries in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is best known for its traditional use in the fermented flatbread known as injera. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Teff, which is gluten-free, works well as porridge or polenta, and also can be added to vegetarian burgers, cakes and cookies. To cook, place 1 cup of teff and 3 cups of water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, says Maria Speck, author of “Simply Ancient Grains.”

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This July 20, 2015 photo shows whole grain quinoa in Concord, NH. A little quinoa here and there can improve almost any dish. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Available in golden, red and black varieties, quinoa is slightly crunchy and highly versatile, good for everything from soups, salads and side dishes to vegetarian burgers. For perfect quinoa, combine 1 cup of quinoa with 1 3/4 cups water in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cover and gently simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the grains sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

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The state is finalizing work on new rules for the appearance of edible marijuana. A draft of those rules released Tuesday would require each piece of edible marijuana to be marked in the shape of a stop sign with the letters THC in the middle. The letters stand for marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.

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An airplane flies between the air traffic control tower and the Washington Monument at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. For more than three years, the government has kept secret a study it requested that found air traffic controllers’ work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to report on the study obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

“Chronic fatigue may be considered to pose a significant risk to controller alertness, and hence to the safety of the ATC (air traffic control) system,” the study concluded, especially when combined with little stimulation during periods of low air traffic and the human body’s natural pressure to sleep during certain times of the day.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper paid a visit to Seacrest Studios on Monday Aug. 03, 2015 at The Children's Hospital.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

“It’s a place where kids can put whatever they’re dealing with in the present moment behind them for a little while and remember they’re a kid,” said Chris Coleman, manager of broadcast and production at the studio and one of the booth’s two full-time employees along with child life specialist Cody Hudson.

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