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Editorial: Sandy spurs a healthy rescue soup

Peter Murphy, a 3rd grader at Shelter Rock

Peter Murphy, a 3rd grader at Shelter Rock Elementary School, was named an Epicurious Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Winner for New York with the creation of his entry called "Super Rescue Soup." Murphy will head to Washington, D.C. Credit: Handout

A 9-year-old Long Island chef is showing the nation that some good can follow in the destructive wake of superstorm Sandy. And he's doing it with soup.

Peter Murphy of Manhasset will head to the White House on Tuesday as New York's winner in a nationwide recipe contest put on by Michelle Obama. In her fight against the obesity epidemic, the first lady challenged 54 young cooks to create cheap, healthy and tasty lunches.

Peter's Super Rescue Soup was conceived after Sandy, when his family was without power for 15 days and depended on a local vegetable stand for food. He crafted a dish that was both imaginative and healthy, with green beans, zucchini, carrots, barley, Long Island potatoes and other ingredients.

Disasters like Sandy often challenge our ingenuity to fill the gaps left by destruction. Bon appétit, Peter.