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Kelley has assisted in the development of healthy, ethnic recipes for Diabetics with the Joslen Center at Harvard Medical School, and New Mexico State University.
Kelley's Featured Recipe
Grilled Carne Asada Tacos
Kelley Coffeen grew up along the southern border of the United States and developed a love for Mexican food and the unique culture of the southwest. She has a passion for tacos and Mexican flavors.
Kelley developed a love for cooking at the age of 15 when she started baking a peanut butter brownie recipe she found in Seventeen Magazine. It became a favorite with all of her neighbors, giving Kelley the great satisfaction of pleasing others with food. She has been cooking ever since. She self-published her first cookbook, Great College Cookbook of the Southwest in 1993 and landed a guest appearance on Good Morning America on ABC.
In 1995, Kelley started hosting Kelley's Kitchen, a weekly cooking segment, on KTSM/NBC in El Paso, Texas. The viewership stretched across west Texas, southern New Mexico and across the southern border, into Mexico. Her on-air popularity led to the publication of her first two books, Fiesta Mexicali, and Simply 7. In 2011, she published 300 Best Taco Recipe followed by 200 Easy Mexican Recipes in 2013.
As a 'hands on' restaurateur Kelley enjoyed working with her staff and serving the general public. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership at New Mexico State University and writing another cookbook. She resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her family.