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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Zucchini and Sausage Soup

4 bowls of soup

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This is a super quick, and highly satisfying soup. Your guests will believe you slaved away all day to make this soup, when in reality it takes a little over a half hour to make. Sausage and zucchini is a fairly common combination in Italian cuisine. They compliment each other nicely. Add a handful of fresh cut basil at the end, serve with your favorite bread, and prepare to have your socks knocked off.



  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2  ribs of celery
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • handful of fresh basil leaves

1. Preheat a large pot to medium high. Some grocers will sell loose sausage meat without the casings, and I'll try to use that for this recipe. If your sausage has casings, remove them now. Chop all of your veggies: the zucchini into 1/2 inch half moons, the celery and green pepper into small dice.



2. Brown the sausage in the pot until it's cooked through, about 8 minutes. Use a spatula to break the meat up into smaller peices. Drain off excess grease if you are counting your calories, or leave it in for extra flavor.

3. Stir in the veggies and cook for an additional 3 minutes to get your flavors going.

4. Add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and all of the dry seasonings. You'll add the fresh basil a little later. Stir well and bring to a high simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer lightly for  about 15 minutes.

5. While the stew is stewing, roughly chop your basil leaves. When the zucchini is tender, remove the pot from the stove and stir in the basil. Serve and enjoy.