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.

<span> paintings

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.



Happy to Help

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Chicken Paprikash

Serves 4

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This simple and delicious Hungarian recipe is a like a lighter stroganoff with a slight peppery bite. I found this recipe in my favorite Food and Wine cookbook. I’ve substituted the more traditional bacon fat base for olive oil.



  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 medium green bell peppers
  • 4 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock (store-bought or homemade)
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 pounds egg noodles
  1. Heat a large skillet or pot to moderately high. Julienne the onions and peppers.
  2. Pour the flour onto a plate and season generously with salt and pepper. (I use a teaspoon of each.)
  3. Dredge the chicken thighs in your flour mixture. Be sure to cover both sides.
  4. Add two tablespoons of oil to the hot pan and fry the chicken for about 4 minutes per side. Don't be afraid to get a nice char on the chicken. The char-grilled flavor melds perfectly with this dish. Place cooked chicken on a plate to cool down.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add an other tablespoon of oil. Add the onions and peppers. Cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While the veggies are cooking. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  7. When the onions have started to carmelize a little, add the beef stock, paprika, a teaspoon of salt, and a few dashes of black pepper. Bring to a boil.
  8. Add the noodles to the pot of boiling salted water.
  9. Reduce the heat on the boiling veggies to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. While the veggies are simmering, slice the now cool chicken into little strips.
  11. When the noodles are al dente, strain and set aside.
  12. Reduce the veggies to low, stir in the chicken and sour cream. Cook for two minutes longer.
  13. Combine the chicken mixture and noodles in a serving bowl.