Rocco Tripaldi

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Hello. My name is Rocco Tripaldi and I work for Automattic helping to make Jetpack awesome. I launched this website in May, 2013 as a place to store my family recipes, and to showcase some of my favorite software projects that I’ve worked on.

In addition to cooking up food and computer code, I also enjoy:

  • my lovely wife is an actress and playwright
  •  I got a BA in Graphic Communications
  •  I’v been playing since 1992, and I need to do it more!
  • Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cat Petting

BruteProtect + Jetpack

I'm thrilled to report that, at the end of August 2014, Automattic acquired BruteProtect, a WordPress plugin that I'd been working on for the past 2 years or so. As part of the aquisition, founder Sam Hotchkiss, and the rest of the team were welcomed into the company behind WordPress! We will join the Jetpack team to integrate our brute force protection and help out with some other big changes. I'm so excited.

Listening to: My starred playlist on Spotify




Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted website with the best features from I started with this lovely team in August 2014 to help integrate some brute force protection and build some cool new features.

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These bizarre paintings are from the mind of Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. Blending HTML code and art was pretty time consuming for Chris. I made his life a bit easier by building an online tool that auto-generates the HTML.


BruteProtect is a WordPress plugin that offers protection against brute force attacks. I signed on as a contributor to this plugin in May 2013. In the spring of 2014, we launched a premium version of the plugin, which can be found at In August 2014, we were acquired by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.


Valuate is an art project by Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. The project has an online presence, which allows the public at large to collaborate. We are currently looking for a gallery to show Valuate.

Flight of Phrase

Flight of Phrase is my first jQuery plugin published on June 16, 2013. Use the links below to learn more. Approximate download count: 682.



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Category: Dinners

Not-so-sloppy Joes
Serves 3
I've left the salad pretty much as is on the BA recipe, but I've adapted the sloppy joe a bit. Instead of the standard soft roll, I like to prepare mine like a … Eat Now


Savory Sour Cream Chicken With Roasted Roots
Serves 2
I love this meal. There's not much to it. Itis very easy to prepare, however it does take about an hour for the potatoes to roast up properly. Give yourself ample … Eat Now


Blueberry BBQ Pulled Pork
Makes about 6 Sandwiches
This recipe features Maine's key crop in three ways. Blueberry infused barbecue sauce, fresh or frozen whole berries, and blueberry bagels. For the sauce, I use … Eat Now


Ravioli with Pancetta and Phyllis's Salad
Serves 2
Don't let the long ingredient list fool you. This is a really quick and easy to prepare meal. It is a favorite week night meal. I use store bought ravioli, but … Eat Now


Honey Pepper Steak with Warm Rice Salad
Serves 2
Steaks drizzled with an easy and flavorful pan sauce made with common kitchen items. Add as much of the chipotle seasons as you can handle! The rice combines a … Eat Now


Faux Pho
Makes 2 bowls of soup
This is a cheap, easy way to cheat the fates and eat some pho, even though your budget won't allow it. Pho (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese soup typically made … Eat Now


Autumn Turkey Soup
4 bowls of soup
This is the first meal I ever cooked for my Mom. The soup, which I've adapted from a Food and Wine cookbook, reminds me of the stew she cooked for me as a boy. … Eat Now


Supreme Ginger Pork Soup
4 bowls of soup
Cabbage, potatoes, and pork is a favored combination on my Mom's side of the family. In this recipe, that I've adapted from a Food and Wine cookbook, fresh ginger … Eat Now


John's Greasy Chicken Bake
Serves 2
Papa John has made this feast for Megan and I on a few occasions, and it always warms and satisfies the soul. It's great for a romantic meal for two, but you can … Eat Now


Aunt Jayne's Dijon Pork Chops
Serves 2
I first tried these chops on my 30th birthday. My aunt Jayne made them for a small group of us, including Megan, my mom, and my Aunt Sue. Jayne told me that this … Eat Now


Steak with Bleu Cheese Butternut Puree
Serves 2
This one requires that you have some left over Zuppa di Zucca on hand. Don't be lazy. Make the soup, and then make this the following night. You will not regret … Eat Now


Zucchini and Sausage Soup
4 bowls of soup
This is a super quick, and highly satisfying soup. Your guests will believe you slaved away all day to make this soup, when in reality it takes a little over a … Eat Now


Zuppa di Zucca
4 bowls of soup
I found this soup in an excellent cookbook by chef David Rocco, and I'll be honest, I haven't really changed his recipe. I don't need to. It is perfect as is. I … Eat Now


Rib Eye with Chimichurri
Serves 2
I'm a steak lover. Steak is really easy to prepare correctly - season lightly, and don't over cook it. It is an ingredient that needs no enhancements, which is … Eat Now


Easy Pea-sy Pasta
Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish
I invented this recipe when Megan and I were having a tough money month. We had to hold back spending and eat some cheaper meals. That month, I became something … Eat Now


Gazpacho with Goat Cheese Nachos
4 - 6 servings
When we started our search for warm weather recipes, a good gazpacho was at the top of my list. There are, of course, many to choose from, but I found one from … Eat Now


Kiwi Salsa with Pan Fried Chicken
Serves 2
This is a fast and refreshing meal for the warm weather nights. The salsa is tangy, sweet and pairs nicely with the pan-seared chicken. Pork chops or a nice white … Eat Now


The Best Rice and Beans
Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish
In 2013, Megan and I started adding some vegetarian meals to our diet. This is one of those dishes that makes the transition worthwhile. It is flavorful and satisfying … Eat Now


Tropical Scallops with Couscous
Seves 2
This one comes from Bob Blumer's Surreal Gourmet. The mixture of fresh fruits may seem out of place in a savory dish, but I promise you are going to love this one … Eat Now


Penne Bolognese
4 - 6 servings
At any given time, no matter the circumstance, I know I can ask Megan if she'd like some pasta with bolognese sauce, and that she will reply with an affirmative … Eat Now