"Hummm do you think the kids eat them? Most kids are so picky but I think I would really like them."
The kids might eat them, or they might not. Their father has taught them that it's OK to trespass on their neighbor's property and steal mushrooms, so they don't know any better. I've even known him to send them here to gather mushrooms while he stays at home doing whatever it is he does. And the oldest kid is only fourteen. Anyhow, morels sell for $35 per pound and up, so who cares if they like them?
"Can you compare them in taste to any other common food?"
Well, I'd guess shitake mushrooms come closest in taste. But morels are better.
"I wonder where you can actually buy morels?"
I don't know where you are, but in my area you can purchase them at the Kansas City Market... only in season, which would be April and the early part of May. Or you'll find them on Kansas City Craigslist.
"I see you are soaking them. Tell me how you prepare them please."
I soak them in salt water to get rid of the bugs and tiny snails that are in the crevices of the morels. If I only have a few, I braise them in butter with some diced onions and sweet pepper and then scramble eggs with them. When I have plenty, I have a couple of ways of preparing them: The simplest is to roll them in flour and fry them. The other way I fix them is to dip them in an egg wash and then roll them in a mix of half flour, half Hi-Ho cracker crumbs.
Oh, and don't be surprised if I delete this entry at sometime tomorrow. One never knows which neighbors are reading this... although I'd say if the shoe fits, wear it. I'll feel much better for venting.
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