Hot Sauce vs. Red Pepper Flakes vs. Cayenne Pepper

How do you know when to use hot sauce vs. red pepper flakes vs. cayenne pepper?  In Food Network magazine, Mario Batali tells us:

Hot Sauce is used as a condiment for cooked dishes such as soups, tacos and eggs.

Red pepper flakes are good for sauces and stews and great when using a pinch in pastas and veggie dishes.

Cayenne pepper is great for poultry and fish rubs, and sometimes even in hot chocolate.

So there you have it!  Mario Batali is your friend!

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