On both Saturday and Sunday I enjoyed Mary Ellen's Pumpkin Spice Latte. Unlike a cup of black coffee (my usual hot beverage), this is a beverage that forces you to stop what you are doing to enjoy it. No gulping, sip slowly, it says. Yesterday college boy and high school boy both enjoyed one with me. They both gave it a thumbs up. College boy and I debated (college kids will do that, you know) about whether or not Starbuck's actually uses real pumpkin in their latte. I say "no way" and he says "I think so." I say black, he says white. Heavy sigh.
I made mine in a medium saucepan -- no fancy machine. And though Mary Ellen says whipped cream is optional, whipped cream is not optional.