A traveling cowboy visits a large family and is welcomed to their dinner table.  Maude is the mother of the family and she calls the cowboy “Captain.”
”This is my varmint stew, Captain,” Maude said.  
“Oh,” he asked politely, “what kind of varmints?”

“Whatever the dogs can catch,” Maude said. “Or the dogs themselves, if they don’t manage to catch nothing. I won’t support a lazy dog.” 

“She put a possum in,” one of the little girls said.  She seemed as full of mischief as her fat mother, who, fat or not, had made plenty of mischief among the men of the area before she settled on Joe. 

“Now Maggie, don’t be giving away my recipes,” Maude said.
— From Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry