07/02/2013 01:04 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2013

Happy Birthday America!

While we enjoy our barbecues and pièce de résistance fireworks as we ring in another birthday for our wonderful country, take a moment to pay homage to your own personal independence as well. The unique fabric of our beautiful America is comprised of just how far we have all come in our lives, individually and as a nation.

Independence for a country is just as liberating as independence is for a person. It is a constant struggle to maintain Independence. We must be vigilant in our fight to keep it. Freedom from our fears, our past, or things that have held us back are reasons to rejoice and celebrate. It must be cherished.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy Independence Day with a tasty tribute to all of the accomplishments you have made that have allowed you to grow and advance as a person.

So, follow me to the kitchen for a celebratory embrace from a Star-Spangled-4th-of-July recipe, a potato salad that packs an explosive punch.

Franco's Potato Salad