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.



Happy to Help

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← Return to Chicken.

John’s Greasy Chicken Bake

Serves 2

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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 double or triple the recipe to make a real feast. I enjoy this most in the fall and winter.



  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1 can peas (Papa John highly recommends La Sueur, and I concur)

1. Prepare your ingredients. Preheat your oven to 375. Wash the potatoes thoroughly and cut them into wedges ( think steak fries ). I like to keep the skins on. Mix all of the dry seasonings together to make a rub. Rub each breast first with a bit of the oil and then with a bit of the spice mixture. Toss the remaining oil and rub with the sliced potatoes.

2. Grab two baking pans. Place the potatoes in one layer in one of the pans, and the chicken breasts in the second pan. Put them in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Halfway through the baking time stir the potatoes.

3. Remove the chicken from the oven and put them on a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. Remove the potatoes from the oven and place in a serving bowl. Be sure to leave behind some of the oil in the pan. Cover the potatoes with foil to keep warm. Add the peas to the pan with the hot, seasoned oil. Return to the oven and raise the heat to 425. Bake for 10 minutes.

4. Plate the food. Place a breast on each plate. Spoon a pile of potatoes and peas next to each chicken breast. Serve and enjoy.