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: 675.



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← Return to Basil.

Chicken rollups with fresh basil

Makes 4 Rollups

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I developed a love affair for rollups when I worked at Amato’s Sandwich Shop in Portland. Here a yummy wrap I invented to satiate my love of fresh, fragrant basil. Feeling sad? Grab a handful of fresh basil, hold to your nose, inhale deeply, and know there is a God.



  • 4 large white tortillas
  • 2 medium yellow onion
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 large romaine leaves
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 good handfull of fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil
  1. Preheat a frying pan to the low side of medium. Julienne the onions. Add two tablespoons of oil to the pan, followed by the onions. Season with salt and stir occasionally for 20 minutes or so. We are caramelizing them.
  2. While the onions are going. Shred the lettuce and basil. Toss them together in a small bowl with the parmesan cheese. I like to use freshly grated parmesan reggiano. Don't forget to stir the onions.
  3. Preheat an other frying pan to medium high. Butterfly the chicken breasts and season both sides with salt and pepper. Add two tablespoons of oil to the pan and cook chicken about 4 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and let cool. Don't forget to stir the onion.
  4. Add the peppers to the now caramelized onions. Season with a bit more salt and pepper.
  5. Place the tortillas onto serving plates and top each with a handful of the lettuce mixture.
  6. Slice the now cool chicken and add to the pan with the peppers and onions. Stir and cook for one minute longer.
  7. Divide the chicken mixture onto each tortilla. Wrap and serve!