Produce store came up with (of all things) farm fresh Sicilian eggplant, nice fennel, salad greens, and a two kinds of tomatoes in the "seconds" category and thus reasonably priced for what I had in mind. I have a real problem paying 4, 5, 6 dollars a pound for tomatoes under any circumstances, but as I was planning to use them for sauce, I was particularly price sensitive. So I was in luck buying "seconds" at .99/lb.
I also lucked out with a melon you could smell at 5 paces - ready to go!
Cheese store came through with Sicilian Olives and Pepato cheese (not my first choice but ok)
Here then the menu:
Melon and Italian Speck
Shaved Fennel and Field Greens
Roasted Cod Loin
Fresh Tomato Coulis with Sicilian Olives
Balsamic Glazed Sicilian Eggplant
Rice with dusting of grated Pepato
Wine: (as originally contemplated) 2004 Planeta Chardonnay IGT Sicily
Black & White Mouse Cake
Choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, & Blueberry Ice Cream
Comments on how things worked out tomorrow. Gotta go walk the dog.