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Texas And Arkansas Just Took The Gloves Off In The Battle For Queso Supremacy

So the Wall Street Journal just fired shots in the queso war between Texas and Arkansas, and people are choosing sides.

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This story was quickly picked up by Arkansas Senator, Tom Cotton, who put Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn ?on blast.?

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People immediately dragged Sen. Tom Cotton for calling it “cheese dip.”

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This senator might experience a “dip” in his approval ratings. Sorry not sorry.

But “cheese dip” is what it’s called in Arkansas.

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One could argue referring to “queso” as “cheese dip” would be like if  “carnitas tacos” were called “mashed corn discs with dead pig parts.” It just sounds wrong.

Anyway, Arkansas claims that cheese dip was created in by Blackie Donnally, when he figured out how to melt cheese.

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There’s more to it than that. Watch the video below for the full story.

Blackie sold his cheese dip at “Mexico Chiquito,” a restaurant he opened in 1935.

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There’s even an entire documentary, “In Queso Fever: A Movie About Cheese Dip,” that covers the discovery of Arkansas cheese dip.

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And that would be the story of queso, except for proud Texans:

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Texans aren’t going to let Arkansas have “cheese dip” without a fight.

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This cheese dip/queso rivalry is up there with the glory days of Texas Longhorns v. Arkansas Razorbacks.

Texas Senator John Cornyn even fired back a response to Sen. Tom Cotton.

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Ted Cruz hasn’t released an official tweet yet, presumably because he’s busy with official senator work.

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In the meantime, Texans are voicing their anger via social media.

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Even respectable publications, like “Texas Monthly,” weighed in on behalf of queso.

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Texas journalists broke their oath to neutrality to rain on cheese dip’s parade.

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Queso is very special to people in Texas. The Tex-Mex staple is what people miss most when they leave:

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Texans will blacklist restaurants that don’t serve the warm, velvety treat.

Texans don’t need fancy wine and cheese. They have Mexican martinis and queso.

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There’s even a comedy club in Austin, Texas, called “The Velveeta Room.”

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As Texas and Arkansas argue over rights to melted cheese, one author is working to uncover the true origins of queso.

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According to research from Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan, queso most likely originated in northern Mexico. Lisa, told the Wall Street Journal, that the tasty treat started “as a side dish that mixed chile peppers, onions, seasoning and a small amount of white cheese.” From there, the meal spread to the U.S. faster than pink eye in a daycare.

So let Texas and Arkansas argue over their beloved dishes. The real winner in this is anyone who loves queso… or cheese dip.

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And while we’re on the topic, don’t ever bring this abomination to a party.

Nice catch. #NoDipLeftBehind #BringTheParty #TOSTITOS

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There’s a special circle of hell reserved for people who bring this jar of glop to a party.

READ: Mexican Food Doesn’t Get The Respect It Deserves, Says Chef Javier Plascencia

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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One Year Later, The Latino Community Remembers The El Paso Shooting

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One Year Later, The Latino Community Remembers The El Paso Shooting

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On August 3, 2019, a man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and killed 23 customers and injured 23 more. The shooter, Patrick Crusius, went to the Walmart with the expressed purpose of killing Mexican and Mexican-Americans. One year later, the community is remembering those lost.

One year ago today, a man killed 23 people in an El Paso Walmart targeting our community.

The Latino community was stunned when Patrick Crusius opened fire and killed 23 people in El Paso, Texas. The gunman wrote a manifesto and included his desire to kill as many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans he could in the El Paso Walmart. The days after were filled with grieving the loss of 23 people and trying to understand how this kind of hate could exist in our society.

Representative Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, is honoring the victims today.

Rep. Escobar was on the scene shortly after the shooting to be there for her community. The shooting was a reminder of the dangers of the anti-Latino and xenophobic rhetoric that the Trump administration was pushing for years.

“One year ago, our community and the nation were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of domestic terrorism fueled by racism and xenophobia that killed 23 beautiful souls, injured 22, and devasted all of us,” Rep. Escobar said in a statement. “Today will be painful for El Pasoans, especially for the survivors and the loved ones of those who were killed, but as we grieve and heal together apart, we must continue to face hate with love and confront xenophobia by treating the stranger with dignity and hospitality.”

El Pasoans are coming together today to remember the victims of the violence that day.

Latinos are a growing demographic that will soon eclipse the white communities in several states. Some experts in demographic shifts understand that this could be a terrifying sign for the white population. These changing demographics give life to racist and hateful ideologies.

“When you have a few people of color, the community is not seen so much as a threat,” Maria Cristina Morales, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at El Paso, told USA Today about the fear of changing demographics. “But the more that the population grows – the population of Latinos grow for instance – the more fear that there’s going to be a loss of power.”

The international attack is still felt today because of the constant examples of white supremacy still active today.

“It doesn’t occur to you that there’s a war going on, and there’s always been a war going on—the helicopters the barbed wire—but you just kind of didn’t see it,” David Dorado Romo, an El Paso historian who lost a friend in the shooting, told Time Magazine.

The sudden reminder of the hate out there towards the Latino community was felt nationwide that day. The violent attack that was planned out revealed the true cost of that hate that has been pushed by some politicians.

“El Paso families have the right to live free from fear, and I will continue to honor the victims and survivors with action,” Rep. Escobar said in her statement. “Fighting to end the gun violence and hate epidemics that plague our nation.”

READ: As El Paso Grieves Their Loss, Here Is Everything We Know About The Victims Of The El Paso Massacre, Which Were Mostly Latino

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