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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← Return to recipes.

Steak with Bleu Cheese Butternut Puree

Serves 2

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This one requires that you have some left over Zuppa di Zucca on hand. Don’t be lazy. Make the soup, and then make this the following night. You will not regret it. I have no reason to lie to you. You’ll never look at butternut squash the same again.



  • 2 tri tip steaks (approximately 6 oz each)
  • 3 cups left over Zuppa di Zucca
  • 4 oz gorgonzola cheese, or blue cheese
  1. Heat the leftover soup in a small pot over medium heat. Stir in the cheese. Once the cheese is incorporated, and the sauce is hot throughout, lower the heat to low.
  2. Meanwhile cook the steaks. They should ideally be at room temperature before you fry them. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Fry in olive oil for about three minutes per side at medium high heat. That will yield a medium done one inch steak. Let them rest on a covered plate five minutes prio to serving.
  3. Ladle half the sauce onto each plate. Place the steak in the pool of sauce and top with the pan drippings. Serve and enjoy.