20 episodes

A family podcast by Domenico Bettinelli and Melanie Bettinelli, who are raising five kids in the Boston area. They discuss marriage, homeschooling, Catholic faith, their adventures far and wide, cooking exotic dishes, exploring nature, engaging culture and more.

Raising the Betts StarQuest Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

A family podcast by Domenico Bettinelli and Melanie Bettinelli, who are raising five kids in the Boston area. They discuss marriage, homeschooling, Catholic faith, their adventures far and wide, cooking exotic dishes, exploring nature, engaging culture and more.

    A message from Dom Bettinelli of Starquest

    A message from Dom Bettinelli of Starquest

    I need to ask for your help, but first I want to thank you for listening to StarQuest and supporting our mission of exploring the intersection of faith and pop culture.

    Over the past five years–since 2018–StarQuest has grown by leaps and bounds, more than at any time in our previous 12 years. With more than a dozen programs and hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each month, we are able to bring the Gospel to the world in a unique and entertaining way.

    This summer, we marked the 5th anniversary of our most popular show, Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World, whose success is emblematic of StarQuest’s own growth. The show has grown beyond its beginnings as an audio podcast to include a video version that adds so much more to the experience of the program. This is because we’ve been able to hire the talented video editors at Oasis Studio 7, John and Jessica Beyer, a young couple whose talents have been placed at the service of the Gospel. Your donations make that possible.

    We want to bring video to even more of our shows to reach the growing YouTube audience and to bring video to other platforms like Spotify and Rumble. We have plans for even more shows covering areas like sacred art, history, and books, as well as more entertainment franchises whose themes resonate with the truth, goodness, and beauty found in Revelation.

    Your gift will make this a reality. If you value StarQuest, we need to hear from you now.

    If you’re not yet one of our monthly patrons, please become one. And if you’re already a patron, please consider increasing your monthly donation.

    There are many special patron benefits we’d like to give you, and you can learn about them by going to SQPN.com/give and clicking “Become a Patron.”

    Your support at this time is crucial. This is because, over time, non-profits like StarQuest need to have new and existing donors step up to provide support that used to be provided by donors who have died or encountered difficulties. That’s why it’s very important that we hear from you.

    God bless you, and please go to SQPN.com/give today.

    • 2 min
    Fireworks

    Fireworks

    RTB198: Join Dom and Melanie as they discuss their kids seeing real fireworks for the first time; their latest homeowner challenges; a better Taco Bell Mexican pizza; Sanderson and Butcher novels; Nick Fury’s return; and a special announcement about the podcast.

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    Links for this episode:



    * Adventure Kit Sale Opt – InventrKits

    * Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Remake – Kent Rollins

    * Pressure Cooker Mexican Pork Stew With Summer Vegetables – DadCooksDinner

    * The Aeronaut’s Windlass: The Cinder Spires, Book 1, by Jim Butcher

    * Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set: The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson





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    * Melanie’s blog: The Wine-Dark Sea

    * Dom’s blog: Bettnet

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    * Send us your feedback or comments at betts@sqpn.com

    * Be part of the StarQuest Discord community at SQPN.com/discord



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    • 1 hr 4 min
    We Were Enemies

    We Were Enemies

    RTB197: On Sunday, St. Paul declared us “enemies” of Christ who yet died for our sins, so Dom and Melanie unpack the enormity of that truth, and discuss this week’s message of mission. Plus a good recipe that failed to win over the kids, more homeowner woes, and books and TV.

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    * Caramelized Pork with Orange and Sage Recipe

    * Extraction 2 | Netflix

    * Mrs. Davis | Peacock

    * A Tale of Time City, by Diana Wynne Jones

    * Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians, by Brandon Sanderson





    * Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    * Melanie’s blog: The Wine-Dark Sea

    * Dom’s blog: Bettnet

    * Join the conversation at the StarQuest Facebook page.

    * Send us your feedback or comments at betts@sqpn.com

    * Be part of the StarQuest Discord community at SQPN.com/discord



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    Support StarQuest’s mission to explore the intersection of faith and pop culture by becoming a named sponsor of the show of your choice on the StarQuest network. Click to get started or find out more.

    • 52 min
    Make Your Amen Matter

    Make Your Amen Matter

    RTB196: The story of a Eucharistic miracle gives new insight into the Feast of Corpus Christi for Dom and Melanie, who also discuss a book by a Japanese Christian; a new Bond-like spy series; Midway; two quick chicken recipes; and red skies.

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    Links for this episode:



    * Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

    * Sticky Coconut Chicken and Rice recipe

    * The Eagle’s Claw: A Novel of the Battle of Midway, by Jeff Shaara

    * Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir

    * Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering, by Makoto Fujimura

    * National Eucharistic Revival: A Grassroots Response to God’s Invitation

    * Possible Eucharistic Miracle In Connecticut Under Vatican Investigation | Franciscan Media





    * Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    * Melanie’s blog: The Wine-Dark Sea

    * Dom’s blog: Bettnet

    * Join the conversation at the StarQuest Facebook page.

    * Send us your feedback or comments at betts@sqpn.com

    * Be part of the StarQuest Discord community at SQPN.com/discord



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    Support StarQuest’s mission to explore the intersection of faith and pop culture by becoming a named sponsor of the show of your choice on the StarQuest network. Click to get started or find out more.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Fireball Facial

    Fireball Facial

    RTB195: In yet another cooking mishap, Dom got a face full of a fireball, but he’s okay. He and Melanie discuss what else they’ve been cooking: some new shows and old movies they’re watching, new and old books they’ve read, and a Trinity Sunday homily that doesn’t stray into accidental heresy.

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    Links for this episode:



    * Gentian Hill, by Elizabeth Goudge

    * Tom Clancy Flash Point, by Don Bentley

    * Rosticciana (Tuscan Grilled Pork Ribs) | Cook’s Illustrated Recipe





    * Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    * Melanie’s blog: The Wine-Dark Sea

    * Dom’s blog: Bettnet

    * Join the conversation at the StarQuest Facebook page.

    * Send us your feedback or comments at betts@sqpn.com

    * Be part of the StarQuest Discord community at SQPN.com/discord



    Want to Sponsor A Show?

    Support StarQuest’s mission to explore the intersection of faith and pop culture by becoming a named sponsor of the show of your choice on the StarQuest network. Click to get started or find out more.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Shaking the Rafters

    Shaking the Rafters

    RTB194: An amazing trilingual Pentecost Mass shakes the rafters of Dom and Melanie’s parish church and leave them in awe of its beauty; the kids are taking karate; Melanie loves CODA while Dom loves Babylon 5; and together they love Thai grilled pork skewers.

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    Links for this episode:



    * Thai Grilled Pork Skewers (Moo Ping) Recipe

    * CODA — Official Trailer | Apple TV+ – YouTube

    * Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries Book 6), by Martha Wells





    * Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts!

    * Melanie’s blog: The Wine-Dark Sea

    * Dom’s blog: Bettnet

    * Join the conversation at the StarQuest Facebook page.

    * Send us your feedback or comments at betts@sqpn.com

    * Be part of the StarQuest Discord community at SQPN.com/discord



    Want to Sponsor A Show?

    Support StarQuest’s mission to explore the intersection of faith and pop culture by becoming a named sponsor of the show of your choice on the StarQuest network. Click to get started or find out more.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

MachineLanguage ,

Excellent show and example!

I love this show, for Melanie and Dom provide an excellent example as a married couple, which helps me to learn from them--on how to live out my marriage and interact with my family and friends.

bxvicatholic ,

One of my weeklies!

Raising the Betts is one of the few podcasts that I make a point to listen to every week. The peek into their family life, savory food experiences, insightful book and movie reviews, and living faith, all grounded in humor and reality, are an inspiration! I am grateful to be able to spend a bit of time with them each week!

Sherizaahd ,

Very Uplifting

I always race to listen to the newest episode and love getting an update on the Betts. I especially like to hear about the Homeschooling, reading, watching and cooking segments.

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