The amount of salt used is determined by the brisket and chicken stock used. If the brisket and chicken stock used is salty, then adjust the 1/2 teaspoon of salt added to the rice mixture accordingly. The liquid from the pumpkin will ooze out of the bottom of the pumpkin. Parchment paper will keep this mess from sticking to the bottom of the sheet pan. Omit the red pepper flakes if a bit of heat is not desired.