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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Classic Tiramisu

Makes about 8 servings

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This is my all time favorite dessert. I always hesitate to cook up a pan because I know odds are good I’ll eat the whole thing. It’s a pretty simple recipe, and it is best to make a day in advance to give the flavors a chance to meld. At the very least, you should make 6 hours before serving to allow the cookies to become fully moist. For the pan size, use either a 9 inch round that is at least 2 1/2 inches high, or a 11 by 7 inch rectangular pan.

While you are making this, you may think “There’s not enough sugar in this recipe. It won’t be sweet enough!” Resist the urge to add more sugar. The end result is perfectly sweet.

Note: Tiramisu typically contains some type of liquor. This recipe is alcohol free. If you want to booze it up, add 2 tablespoons of rum or brandy to the coffee.



  • 16 oz. marscapone cheese ( I like Belgioioso )
  • 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee
  • 24 lady finger cookies ( I like Stella D'oro Margherite )
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup of suger
  • 2/3 cup of whole milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1. Custard and coffee. In a medium sized sauce pot, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until a light boil is reached. Let it boil for about a minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow to cool down a little. Cover and refridgerate for an hour. Make a double strength cup of coffee ( instant is fine ). Leave the coffee to cool to room temperature. Place a medium sized, empty glass or metal bowl in the refridgerator.


2. Whip that cream. Once the custard is chilled, make the whipped cream. Remove the chilled empty bowl from the fridge. Add the heavy cream and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form. What a workout! Remove the custard from the fridge and whisk in the marscapone cheese.

3. Assemble. Now it's time to make that delectable parfait we love so much. Pour the coffee into a small bowl. Soak half (12) of the cookies 3 or 4 at a time for about 20 seconds each. Arrange them on the bottom of a 11 x 7 inch pan. Use a spatula to spread half of the custard over the cookies. Make sure to fill in the spaces between the cookies. Now spread half of the whipped cream over the layer of custard. Soak the remaining cookies in the same fashion and arrange them on the layer of whipped cream. Repeat the layers with the remaining custard and whipped cream. Sprinkle with an even layer of  cocoa powder. Cover the pan and chill for at least 6 hours. Enjoy!