Jennifer wanted me to post some 101 's on finding Morel Mushrooms, and all I can say is I am not an expert, so 101 (basic) is about right. Morels are found in the spring, in eastern Kansas the earliest is about second week of March, and this year I was still finding beautiful Mushrooms the first week of May.
Look for Morels to pop up in the spring mornings after a light rain or fog. Most of the time, I go looking as soon as we have a night time low of 45 to 50○, some recent moisture, and enough wind to stir up old leaves. I only find them in shaded areas or under long grass left from the fall. They grow well in leaf mold, so if you work down to a gully bottom and the look back up hill under the leaves from last year, you should have some luck. The problem is that they will look like a leaf at first glance. I usually carry a stick to gently sweep through a suspected patch to uncover some, but don't stir things up, or you can disturb some that are just starting to grow. Tan, fleshy colored, firm and cool to the touch are perfect. When you find them, if you just pull the mushroom, you end up with half a morel, or a big patch of mud stuck to it. I find that I have better luck pushing my fingers down the stem of the morel to the ground and then pinching through the stem. If the conditions are right, and you are looking where you think they should be, slow down. Look again. Follow the point of your stick as you gently move a couple of leaves. Because when you finally spot that first one, start looking in a circle out from it, There's more!
I like them rinsed several times, then soaked in ice water over night. One more rinse and split them top to bottom in halves or thirds, sauté medium high in butter (Not Margarine) or in Olive Oil. A little Minced Garlic seems to go well here too, but I have used Wostestershire sauce and even A-1.
If you find some late in the spring, or if they are getting older, they may have turned brown or grey on the top. I just pinch off any collapsed brown areas, they are starting to dry out and can start getting tuff. Turn up the heat a little bit under these older ones, they still are great. Remember these little nuggets sell for about $7.00 a pound, and they are well worth it!
Ok Jennifer, here is the 101, have fun with it!