So the Wall Street Journal just fired shots in the queso war between Texas and Arkansas, and people are choosing sides.
Don’t tell Texas, but Arkansas is laying claim to queso https://t.co/LKByPn2plX ?
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 2, 2016
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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.?
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 3, 2016
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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.
It's called 'Cheese Dip', damnit! https://t.co/J1MTIqy2TS
— Jon Austin Sams (@ustinsams) November 3, 2016
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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:
— The Interim (@85thLegislature) November 2, 2016
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Texans aren’t going to let Arkansas have “cheese dip” without a fight.
— Kait Parker (@WeatherKait) November 3, 2016
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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.
Queso, Tom https://t.co/p7MG38Etu9
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) November 3, 2016
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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.
— sydney dawson (@syddaws) November 3, 2016
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I like Arkansas — Little Rock is lovely — but this claim is absurd. Queso is Tex-Mex, through and through. https://t.co/kQWdE0C8nO
— Vikrant P. Reddy (@vpreddy) November 2, 2016
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Even respectable publications, like “Texas Monthly,” weighed in on behalf of queso.
Arkansas tries to lay claim on what it calls "cheese dip." It's spelled Q-U-E-S-O, y'all. https://t.co/kt0hy6shlI
— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) November 3, 2016
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Texas journalists broke their oath to neutrality to rain on cheese dip’s parade.
— Lynn Cook (@LynnJCook) November 2, 2016
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Queso is very special to people in Texas. The Tex-Mex staple is what people miss most when they leave:
— Maret Montanari (@MAMontanari) October 27, 2016
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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.
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.
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There’s a special circle of hell reserved for people who bring this jar of glop to a party.