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Vegan Queso

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Oh my goodness - my quest for the PERFECT QUESO has concluded! This recipe is largely based on Lauren Toyota 's "the nacho cheese," which I found in her amazing book Vegan Comfort Classics (if you don't have it, you should order a copy today - seriously). I made a couple of tweaks based on my taste and the consistency that I desire in my queso. The result is absolute perfection. Careful - it's addictive! Ingredients: 1 cup of peeled, cubed gold potato (about 1 medium potato) 1/2 cup peeled, diced carrot (about one small to medium carrot) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup of liquid from boiled vegetables 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot starch (aka flour) 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder 1 teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 6 pickled jalapeno slices, plus 3 tablespoons of brine 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon turmeric Preparation: Put th