Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Parmesan and Thyme Wonton Crackers

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It is Friday Night Bite time already!  This week is extra special since we have a
holiday weekend ahead.  Gosh I love a
three day weekend.  No worries about
having to get up early on Monday and your Sunday evening feels more like a
Saturday.  One extra day makes all the
difference in the world.

While scrolling through Facebook a week ago, I saw a link to
an article titled – “Advice from some old people”.  It looked interesting so I clicked on
it.  Whether you are young, middle aged
or older, the points in the article are very much on point.  I figure you are never too old to take some
of the points to heart.  I have pasted
the 20 points below for everyone to review and decide if they want to take to
heart or not.  I particularly liked #1,
#3, #7, #11 and #16.

  1. The
    most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their
    life with you.  Treat them as such.
  2. You
    might live a long life, or you might live a short one – who knows.  But either way, trust me when I say that
    you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.
  3. Stuff
    is just stuff.  Don’t hold onto
    material objects; hold onto time and experiences instead.
  4. Jealousy
    destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are
    you suppose to trust?
  5. People
    always say, “Make sure you get a job doing what you love!” But that isn’t
    the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate
    most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody had a job they love
    every day.
  6. If
    you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present
    moment and savor all that is beautiful and comforting.  Take a deep breath, relax.
  7. Years
    go by in a blink of an eye.  Don’t
    marry young.  Live your life. Go
    places. Do things. If you have the means or not.  Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford
    to go.  While you have no
    dependents, don’t buy stuff.  Any
    stuff.  See the world.  Look through travel magazines and pick a
    spot. GO!
  8. Don’t
    take life so seriously.  Even if
    things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life it.
  9. A true
    friend will come running if you call them at .  Everyone else is just an acquaintance.
  10. Children
    grow up way too fast.  Make the most
    of the time you have with them.
  11. Nobody
    ever dies wishing they had worked more. 
    Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even
  12. Eat
    and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke – so you
    never actually become one.
  13. Maybe
    this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important …
    Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
  14. Don’t
    take anyone else’s advice as gospel. 
    You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your
    situation into consideration and make your own decision.  Essentially, take your own advice is my
  15. The
    joints you damage today will get their revenge later.  Even if you think they’ve recovered
    completely.  Trust me!
  16. We
    have one time on this earth.  Don’t
    wake up and realize that you are 60 years old and haven’t done the things
    you dreamed about.
  17. Appreciate
    the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean?  Well, it seems today like younger people
    are all about immediate gratification. 
    Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to
    stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasures can
    be found in the most mundane of activities.  Instead of sending a text, pick up the
    phone and call someone.  Call your
    mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the
    moments to hold onto.
  18. Pay your
    bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the
    money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
  19. If you
    have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it
    anyway.  It will only become more
    impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
  20. When
    you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know
    nothing about them.  You see race,
    gender, age, clothes.  Forget it
    all. You know nothing.  Those biased
    assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes
    categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.

Life is zooming by so quickly so hopefully a few resonated
for you. Now that we deviated from our tasty Friday Night Bites, let’s bring
the focus back to the appetizer for this week. 
It has to be one of the simplest appetizers and pretty darn tasty ones I have had in a while.  It is one of those recipes you can make if
guests stop by unexpectedly.  They are
crispy wonton bites with parmesan and thyme. 

I paired with a Grgich Hills Estate Sauvignon Blanc and it
was simply perfect with this light cracker. 
It is a limited production and only available to wine club members. It
has hints of apple, pear, citrus and a light grassy undertone.  It has a smooth finish and simply a
delightful wine. I have belonged to their wine club for many years and always get excited when it arrives to my office!

Parmesan and Thyme Wonton Crackers

Makes 50

½ Cup Olive Oil

25 Wonton Wrappers

1 Cup Parmesan Cheese

½ Cup Parsley, finely minced

¼ Cup Fresh Thyme Leaves

Salt and Pepper

Cut each wonton wrapper in half.  Brush with olive oil and place onto a cookie
sheet.  Top each one first with salt and
pepper, then with a large pinch of parmesan cheese, a small pinch of parsley
and a few thyme leaves.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy. Store in an airtight
container up to 3 days.

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