About Stephanie Smith

I’ve had an interest in cooking for as long as I can remember. I used to watch my mother and grandmother cook, and I would go out of my way to “help” them. I would experiment by putting together ingredients, creating concoctions that were not always all that edible. As soon as I was old enough to learn how to follow a recipe, I would tweak and embellish them to make them my own. Though I am primarily self-taught, I have occasionally taken classes at the King Arthur cooking school, Paul Prudome’s cooking school, and a few other classes just for fun.

To me, preparing and serving food is like food for my soul, as I enjoy it so much. I love to entertain. I always set a beautiful table with flowers, candles, and cloth napkins, paying close attention to details in its presentation. To me, this presentation is part of the whole “eating experience.”

I am the founder, buyer, and manager of “Changing Tides Gifts;” a nautical gift shop located at 231 Gloucester Crossing in Gloucester. If you stop by and visit my shop, you can witness my artful eye and eclectic taste for yourself. Together with my very gifted staff, I have created a beautiful and successful shop that carries everything from rugs, pillows, and lamps to glassware, stationary, and even clothing. I promise you won’t be disappointed if you stop on by!

My husband and I have raised three beautiful and accomplished children that we are very proud of. Now that they have all graduated from college and have gone off to conquer the world, we are able to open our home and share our hospitality with others.

-- Steph

Read more about Stephanie, and view her online recipes and videos at the Gloucester Times food section.