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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Kiwi Salsa with Pan Fried Chicken

Serves 2

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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 fish such as talapia would also make a great protein option. And of course, you can always scoop up the salsa with your favorite chip.



  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 jalepeno (optional)
  • 1/2 vidalia onion
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 quarter lime
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  1. Prepare the salsa. Peel and dice the kiwis. Cut the onion and peppers into small dice. Finely mince the cilantro. Remove the seeds from the jalepeno and finely chop. Mix all of the above in a bowl. Squeeze on some lime juice and season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. I find that the flavors need at least an hour to develop, but the salsa will keep for 48 hours.
  2. Preheat a frying pan to medium high. Butterfly the chicken breast and cut into two equal portions. Place the breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap, and pound to tenderize. I like mine to about 1/2 inch thick. Season both sides of each breast generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the olive oil to the hot pan. Place the chicken and the pan and fry for about 2 - 3 minutes per side until just cooked through. Make sure your pan is nice and hot. The chicken should sizzle immediately and get slightly carmelized on each side.
  4. Place each breast on a plate, and top with a healthy dollop of the salsa. Serve and enjoy.