I was in my back woods trying to pick up sticks and rake up some leaves from the Irene aftermath when I saw them, everywhere! These are pictures of some of them.
Around this time of year when I was little I used to go mushroom picking with my grandmother. It was so much fun! Some she would slice up and dry and others she would pickle whole. I would never eat them at that age, I was always kind of grossed out by eating mushrooms from the woods. I'm sure I had unknowingly eaten dried chopped mushrooms in sauces and soups but the pickled ones looked slimy and I always made sure to stay clear of those
There are lots of identification books out there and If you really want to get into this many areas offer mushroom foraging walks. I remember wanting to go on one in the boston area but the class was full, so start looking now.