Bring the water, 1 Tblsp. butter bay leaf, and the white pepper to a boil in saucepan. Add rice, cover, reduce heat, and cook until the rice is tender and water is fully absorbed, about 20 minutes. Saute the celery, onion, red pepper, and garlic in the 1 Tsp. butter until tender. Stir the sauteed vegetables into the rice.