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 Couscous.

Shrimps over Minted Couscous Medley

Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish

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This dish is packed with flavor and an amazing array of textures. Every bite is like a fireworks display with multiple explosions. The buttery snap of the shrimp, the earthy pop of the peas, the sweet, juicy tomatoes. You gotta try it! My words cannot do it justice. I found this recipe in my favorite Food and Wine cookbook, but I like to use a nice firm plum tomato.



  • 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 2 plum tomatos
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint (5 or 6 stems)
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 lb of medium shrimps
  1. Bring the chicken stock to a boil and remove from heat. Add couscous to the pot, cover, and let sit for a least 5 minutes. Thaw the frozen peas in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into small dice. Finely chop the mint. Cut and squeeze the lemon into a small bowl and remove any seeds.
  3. Transfer the couscous to a large serving bowl. Add the tomato, peas, mint, 4 tablespoons of olive oil to the couscous. Season generously with salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. Preheat a large frying pan to moderately hot. Peel and devein the shrimps.
  5. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the hot pan and add the shrimps. Season with salt an pepper. Cook for  about two minutes per side. Remove from heat.
  6. Divide the couscous mixture onto serving plates. Top with the shrimps and serve.