Please tell us what you end up doing with the puffball, Allen!
I found a giant Chicken of the Woods one time and was thrilled. I tried slicing it and sauteeing it in butter, but it not only did NOT taste like chicken, it had no flavor at all. Was like chewing a tasteless sponge, so I tossed it.
I love to go mushrooming! My Polish relatives taught me to pick 5 kinds so I stick with those. Clean them, dry them, store them in cheesecloth and rehydrate for pot roasts, borscht, cabbage pierogi, golumpki.
I've never found a morel, though. I go mushrooming in the woods, and morels are found mostly in grassy areas in the spring, right?