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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Megan’s Big and Cheesy

Serves 4

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This is a pretty standard Mac and Cheese recipe that Megan and I have adapted over many belt-busting meals. If you really want to make Megan happy, skip the step where you bake the dish, and serve immediately after you stir in the pasta. Our favorite protein to use is Al Fresco Chicken Sausage. It comes in many varieties. All are delicious but Italian Sausage is best. You can substite any fatty, salty protein for a successful dish. Try kielbasa, or leftover Easter ham.



  • 3/4 lb of pasta shells
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 12 oz. package of Italian Style Chicken Sausage


  1. Preheat oven to 450. Preheat a large frying pan to medium high. Mince the onion and slice the sausages into 1/4 thick medallions.
  2. Preheat a large pot of of boiling salted water to high. (For the pasta).
  3. Add the sausage and onion to the frying pan and cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until the sausages and onions are browned. Transfer the mixture to a plate. Return the pan to the stove and reduce the heat to medium
  4. Add the pasta to the now boiling water. Cook according to package instructions.
  5. Add the flour and butter to the frying pan, stir well and cook for a few minutes, making a roux. As you stir, scrape up the brown bits on the pan.
  6. Raise the heat slightly. Slowly stir in the milk. Stir constantly. The mixture should be thick, creamy, and bubbling slightly. Stir in the cheddar and remove the pan from the heat as soon as the cheese is incorporated. Stir the sausage and onions into the cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste.
  7. Strain the pasta when it is cooked al dente. Return the pasta to its pot. Dump the cheese mixture over the pasta and stir well.
  8. Megan says you can serve it now. And indeed it will be creamy and delicious. But if you want, spray a baking pan with cooking spray, add the pasta and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the casserole is browned lightly. Serve and enjoy.