You folks ask what's the big deal with morels: OK, I'm getting ready to tell you.
People sell them for anywhere from $25 to $50 a gallon. Yes, they're that good.
You find the little buggers in the woods, or on the outskirts thereof. They're only available for, at the most, three weeks every year.
Bring them to the house, cut them in half, and soak them at least overnight in salt water. This gets rid of bugs and snails that might be living inside them.
Now there are several ways to prepare them, but all the best ways involve frying.
If I'm in a hurry, I simply roll them in flour and fry them in plenty of oil.
If I have lots of time and patience, I drain them, rinse them, get them good and wet in an egg-and-water mixture, and then roll them in a mixture of half flour, half-crushed Hi-Ho crackers.
Nothing in the world tastes anything like fried morels.
Nor any better. They're nothing like the silly little "umbrella-shaped" mushrooms you are used to getting from grocery stores.