My three favorite ways to celebrate DIRT, the ground, the Earth, le Terroir:
1. The smell of the desert after rain falls on a hot day. The hotter and more unbearable the day, the more intense the smell of the dust and dirt when the big rain drops hit the ground. Lovely. There is nothing like it in the world. I stand outside as if in a trance and sniff the air.
2. The taste of good New Mexican red chile sauce. Maria’s on Cordova Road makes excellent red chile. Some people like their red chile a little darker, the way they serve it at the Guadalupe Cafe. That’s nice from time to time, but I prefer Maria’s or Tecalote’s version.
3. A fine bottle of red wine. You can almost smell and taste the dirt in a good bottle.