Catering is my hobby. Believe it or not! Especially so when I cook for some of our church dinners. This is one of my recipes that is requested so many times. The reason this recipe uses RAW RICE is because it absorbs the flavor of the other ingredients more readily than cooked rice. The rule of thumb when it comes to seasoning your meats is this. One teaspoon of salt per pound of meat. This neither makes it undersalted nor oversalted. Learned this when I went to culinary school. Hope you will try it; at least once. We usually serve potato salad with this, although mashed is wonderful also.