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Game Day Cheats

Sometimes you're strapped for time or free hands and it's just easier to buy your favorite condiments rather than make 'em. I get it. Here's my picks for some good & tasty ones that are easy to find in your neighborhood grocery store.

Last week, I had the opportunity to do a fun segment with my friend Lauren Scala of NBC New York for NBC's daily show "New York Live." In the segment we cooked up my Nachos Burger, which is a somewhat messy but crunchy and delicious combination of two of my favorite game day foods: nachos and cheeseburgers. Normally, I would always make guacamole from scratch because,

come on, that's what I do. But when I make my own guac, I always make it thick and chunky because that's what I love. When it comes to this burger--and Lauren actually asked me abou this--thick and chunky really doesn't work because the burger is already piled high with a tall stack of cheesy, gooey, hot nachos. Adding thick and chunky guac would make this burger too difficult to eat. (I have tried).

As someone who likes to eat quality food, I found Wholly Guacamole and really liked it for this dish. It's made from 100% hand-scooped Haas avocados and doesn't have any crud or chemicals in it. It's good, clean guac and the texture of the classic style is perfectly creamy for my Nachos Burger. I'd also recommend it for dipping whether you're at home or in the parking lot on game day, on a day when you simply don't feel like making your own guac or for that day when your avocados just weren't quick ripe enough for mashing.

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On that same Nachos Burger, I added some salsa. This time it was Newman's Own Medium Salsa. Again, I have many great salsa recipes in my book, but this was a case of keeping the recipe as simple as possible for TV viewers.

In a world of nearly an endless supply of salsa, why Newman's Own? Simple: because it's yummy and I like what they stand for. (Millennial Alert!) Newman's Own gives 100% of their after-tax profits to the Newman's Own Foundation (a private, non-profit foundation) which, in turn, gives the money to various educational and charitable organizations. Doing good while eating good. Now that's something I can get behind.