Foodbuzz 24×24: Thanksgiving for Two

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As most of you know, Eric and I moved from Florida to Virginia at the beginning of the year. While we really like Virginia, it’s twice as far away from our family than Florida was. Two fourteen hour car trips in less than a month just wasn’t feasible, so we decided to stay here for Thanksgiving and spend Christmas in Alabama. I don’t know about you, but in my family, the Thanksgiving meal never varies from year to year. While there’s nothing wrong with that, I figured why not change things up a bit? After all, we would need something exciting to do on Thanksgiving Day. I thought it would be fun to create a menu that had our favorite Thanksgiving dishes, but with a twist.

The Menu:
Appetizers – Capricho de Cabra cheese with sea salt crackers and Pan Fried Almonds with Thyme
Main Course – Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
Sides – Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans with Walnuts and Lemon Vinaigrette, Chorizo Stuffing, Bubble Top Brioche Rolls
Wine – Veritas Cabernet Franc
Dessert – Pumpkin Tiramisu

Thanksgiving Table


We made these almonds for Friendsgiving, a party we had before Thanksgiving. They disappeared in no time, so we decided to make more to snack on while cooking our Thanksgiving meal. We also had Capricho de Cabra, which is an incredibly smooth Spanish goat cheese. Perhaps our favorite discovery since moving to Virginia is its abundance of wine growing regions.  This medium-bodied cabernet franc from Veritas paired perfectly with our meal.


These Bubble Top Brioche Rolls were the most delicious rolls I’ve ever made. They were so soft and buttery. I think the Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes were my favorite side dish ever. Eric, who normally isn’t even a fan of sweet potatoes, absolutely loved these. Instead of a heavy green bean casserole, I opted to make a lighter green bean dish. These are tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and topped with toasted walnuts.


Eric said this was the best roasted turkey he’s ever had, but my dad’s fried turkey is still his favorite. I loved the way the herbs looked when the turkey breasts were cut and how their flavors really seeped into the turkey. The chorizo and brioche stuffing was a nice change from traditional stuffing. Since I was already making brioche rolls, I used half the dough to make a loaf to use in the stuffing.

Pumpkin Tiramisu

This pumpkin tiramisu tasted sort of like a pumpkin spice latte. The original recipe called for the ladyfingers to be brushed with rum, but I couldn’t resist drowning them in espresso.


It took about 2 seconds for Rabb to steal my seat once I got up to start cleaning.


We don’t normally give Abby any type of human food, but I couldn’t resist the cute face she was making while Eric was carving the turkey. Once we finished our dinner, I got a tiny piece of turkey to give her. She was quite willing to do tricks for it, too.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her roll over so quickly!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

COMMENTS: ( 21 )
  • I love your pictures! It looks like you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Courtney

      Thank you! We certainly had a fun time and meal. I think Abby’s excitement at the turkey may have been the best part.

  • Great job, Courtney! It looks like an awesome spread – glad you had a happy and fun Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • Courtney

      Thank you so much, Josie! We definitely wanted to do something fun since we couldn’t be with family. Cooking is our favorite thing to do, so I’m happy we got to do that even though it was just the two of us.

  • Everything looks fabulous! Such a creative gourmet menu!!

    • Courtney

      Aw, that’s so sweet of you to say! 🙂

  • Marlyn

    Wow Courtney, your dinner looks like it was amazing!

    • Courtney

      Thanks! Eric and I had a really good time cooking everything. 🙂

  • I love that you still made an amazing meal even just for the two of you! Everything looks wonderful!

  • delicious calm meal looks like you guys enjoyed

  • How fun that you were able to enjoy it together. Lovely post.

  • Meredith @ An Epic Change

    I’m so glad that I just saw the recipe for your Bubble Top Brioche– otherwise I would have been begging for it. Your Virginia Thanksgiving for Two looks so fun!

  • Wow, that just looks divine! I did a very alternative Thanksgiving meal for my guests (and subsequent 24×24 post), and I kind of find myself craving a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Perhaps I’ll replicate your Thanksgiving for two for my hubby and I now that all the hullabaloo of the holiday has passed.

  • Ivy

    What a wonderful menu. I think you will be making this for many more years to come.

  • you got a lovely thanksgiving and it must have been a challenge to cook for two. i also participated in this month’s 24×24 and i’m just glad to be among the roster of foodies who did amazing thanksgiving meals like you. great job on this one 🙂

  • Kare

    What a gorgeous spread – and a meal I’m sure you’ll both remember! The chipotle mashed sweet potatoes sound absolutely divine. Glad you included your four-legged friends. 🙂 Cheers!

  • Your entire meal looks totally amazing, but I think your pumpkin tiramisu is a stroke of genius! And I totally endorse the “drowning in espresso” over “brushed with rum” any day. Cheers!

  • Grace

    That turkey looks divine! I can’t wait for you to post the recipe!

  • I LOVE Veritas Cab Franc!!! We just drank some Veritas this weekend!!!
    Just found your blog, love your recipes- they all look super tasty!
    Enjoy the winter weather- we’re in for more snow this week!!!

    • Courtney

      That’s awesome! It’s definitely one of my favorites. Thanks for the sweet comment. 🙂 I’m quite excited about all the snow. I think I’ll have to live here a while before the excitement wears off, haha.

  • Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox

    I love that you consolidated your family traditions into a dinner just for the two of you. And the absolutely adorable fur babies. That’s what family is all about.