It's funny b/c I had heard a story on the news just this week about someone finding some morels in their backyard.
These little guys were not even "hiding" - right out in the open next to the garage and trashcan :)
After doing some online research and sending a photo to my MIL and having her affirm their authenticity - I cooked them up.
Apparently the hollow insides are a signature of the morel.
Good thing we are only a family of 4 because there were only 4 pieces (half each). I used my MIL's recipe (below) for coating the morels before frying them up. Of course with our small amount of morels we didn't need the full recipe.
cut in half lengthwise, cut off lower roots (the dirty ends)
rinse with cold water
beat a couple of eggs with some salt and pepper
dip mushrooms into eggs
roll in flour
fry in 1/4" of melted butter (I use part butter and part oil)
when crisp on one side turn and fry the other side until crisp
drain on paper towel