In a heavy bottom sauce pan with a tight fitted lid, bring the 2 cups liquid to a boil (add seasonings, to taste). While waiting for the liquid to boil, rinse the rice in a colander until the water runs through clear (about 30 seconds). Once the liquid comes to a rolling boil, stir in the rice. Return to a low boil then cover. Immediately turn the heat down all the way to the lowest setting and continue to cook for 25 minutes (45 minutes for brown or wild rice). IMPORTANT: Do not remove the lid before this time is up!