22 December 2009 11:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nia Vardalos has a special helper in the kitchen for the holidays this year - her 4-year-old daughter. "She's my sous chef," the My Big Fat Greek Wedding star told People at the taping of the 11th Annual Home for the Holidays TV special. "I give her a plastic knife and just get her to chop things up. [For] Christmas, I suddenly have a young helper in the kitchen!" Since announcing late last year that she and husband Ian Gomez had adopted a preschooler, Vardalos has started passing on her Greek heritage using her favorite holiday recipes. "She makes something called salt-and-pepper soup, »

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