A nice simple rice recipe, that will compliment your Creole/Cajun main dish without outstaging it. The goal here is not to absorb all of the liquid into the rice. The goal is to make the rice tender, then drain the rice (like pasta).
Bring the water to a boil with the bay leaves. Add the salt.
Add the rice, stir to make sure the rice doesn't stick. Do not stir again. If the rice is agitated too much, it gets sticky. Give it a good stir when it comes back to a boil, and partially cover.
Cook for about 11 minutes, test it. It should have a bite, but crunch is bad. When it's tender, drain it, remove the bay leaves, and if desired, place it into a 400 degree oven with the butter patted on top for about 15 minutes; this helps dry the rice out.